Aaron Judge claims AL MVP title
On Thursday, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge claimed his first American League MVP title riding his AL record 62 home runs in the 2022 MLB season to the award.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America gave Judge 28 of 30 first-place votes, with the other two going to 2021 AL MVP Shohei Ohtani. Judge collected 410 points, defeating Ohtani, who attained 280. Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros finished third with 232 points.
Judge finished as MVP runner-up to Astros baseman Jose Altuve in 2017 with a then-rookie-record of 52 home runs. He is the first Yankee to win the AL MVP since Alex Rodriguez in 2007 and the first Yankee outfielder to do so since Mickey Mantle in 1962.
The 30-year-old led the league with 133 runs, 131 RBI, 391 total bases, a .686 slugging percentage, .425 on-base percentage, 10.6 WAR, and 1.111 OPS.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement that Judge’s accomplishment was significant for the organization.
“We’ve been able to watch him grow throughout his professional career into the player and leader he has become,” Cashman said. “He has been our MVP for quite some time now.”
The MVP award came in the final year of Judge’s current contract with the Yankees. He had set a deadline to discuss a contract extension, but the two sides failed to reach an agreement.
Judge declined an eight-year extension worth $230.5 million in the hope of a bigger payment once he hits the free agency market following this season.
When asked about his next move, The Silver Slugger Award winner said his top priority is winning. He insisted that he wanted to be on a team with a winning culture and a commitment to winning.
The othani fans are steaming
He pitches like a No. 1 starter (2.33 ERA this year, 3.18 last season) and hits like a top-ten batter (34 homers in 2022, 46 in 2021, with 37 steals between the two years) and he can run!
Nobody has accomplished this in the history of the game.
1.0 WAR? That is what has gift wrapped an award designed to showcase an individual players talent/performance over the course of the season? NOBODY believes AJ makes the Angels better with his performance VS. what Ohtani TRULY means to a team providing what he does on both sides pic.twitter.com/3Wbzno9Xx3
— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) November 17, 2022
"It's tough to put in words. It's an incredible moment. A lot of hard work to get to this. You never want to assume anything."
- Aaron Judge
Aaron James Judge is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees.wikipedia
Shohei Ohtani , nicknamed "Shotime", is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher, designated hitter and outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball .wikipedia
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