Friday, September 29, 2017
It couldn't have been a better year for Aaron Judge in his first full season as a big league player. Judge broke Mark McGwire's rookie homerun record of 49. Judge currently sits at 51 with three games left. Judge also has logged over 100 RBI , R , and walks. His defense has been good and he has became one of the faces of the Baseball. His name been linked to Yankees like Babe Ruth , Mickey Mantle , Alex Rodriguez and many other greats.
Aaron Judge proved that he can put a franchise on his back for weeks and months at a time. The Yankees got off to a blistering start and Judge was right in the middle of it. Now as the season winds down Judge is going through another blistering stretch. He has 10 home runs and is batting 391 in his last 10 games. Some wondered if his first half was a fluke after a 5 week stretch in July and August when he hit under 200. He has put those concerns behind him with a great finish.
Judge was one on the American League All Star team. He won the Home Run Derby hitting one monster shot after another. Aaron Judge will win the Rookie of the Year and it won't be close. The real debate will be over him and Jose Altuve for the MVP. Altuve has over 200 hits and a 350 batting average. You can't go wrong with either player but Judge's latest hot streak gives him a legit shot at the award.
The Yankees don't just have a physical specimen in Aaron Judge. They have someone that has already proved how mentally tough he is. Judge was on top of the world in the first half. He won the Derby and started in the All Star game. The next 6 weeks he was terrible and many questioned if he was a fluke and if he would never live up to that first half. Judge stayed mentally strong and is having one of his best months of the season. It's a long season and a bad six weeks is totally normal. Judge showed he is an MVP candidate and can play mentally under the bright lights. Now it's time for his October moment.