Aaron Judge Swings Into History


Georgia Bunce, staff writer

Entering into the 2022 baseball season, everyone was focused on the star players Juano Soto and 2021 AL MVP Shohei Ohtani, but little did they know they should have been on the watch for all-star player Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. The tallest player to ever be playing centerfield, batting first.
At first, the fans saw him consecutively hit home runs and get on base. Judge’s outstanding observational skills allowed him to avoid strikeouts and kept a consistent batting average.
It soon became apparent that this was his year–the first year since 2017 that he had been fully healthy and hasn’t missed any games due to injury. In the past, Judge has led his team to the playoffs, and even when the team wasn’t playing well, he always came through and carried them. He is thought of as the team leader; always coming out first and putting the team first. He pulls his weight when the team needs him to. His motto is, “If your team is in the trenches, you’ve got to be in the trenches with them”. Even when your team isn’t playing well you have to stand with them but you also have to be that guy that can get them out of that slump. He was that player and he brought the team out of many slumps and even brought them to first place and the playoffs this year.

Judge didn’t come out of nowhere this year- in the past years, Aaron Judge was a star player. In 2017 he was in the running for the AL MVP along with Houston Astros player Jose Altuve. That was the year the Astros cheated in the ALCS against the New York Yankees. Altuve won the AL MVP, but in my opinion, he shouldn’t have won it. Aaron Judge beat Altuve in almost everything and had 52 home runs. Still, towards the end of the regular season, he got everyone talking about the American League home run record and how Judge could potentially break the record and win the triple crown, maybe even the quadruple triple crown. He was on pace to hit 62 home runs, then 63. Every game he got a couple of home runs closer and he was leading in 11 of 12 categories. He was battling Luis Arraez for the batting average title. He didn’t win the triple crown, sadly, but let’s be honest: Aaron Judge is going to be remembered in history forever.