Aaron Judge Joins Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle in New York Yankees’ Elite Club, After Sizzling Performances in 2022

Published 05/24/2022, 11:15 AM EDT
Oct 3, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) waves to the crowd after his game winning RBI single to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 and clinch a wildcard playoff spot at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees have produced some of the most iconic players in Major League Baseball. Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra are only a few to name who have donned the Yankees in MLB. But how about adding Aaron Judge to the same list?

Yes! Under the guidance of Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees have been exceptional in the current season. Given their poor season in 2021, the Yankees have proved everyone wrong in the ongoing season. And a significant reason behind all of this change is Aaron Judge.

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Apart from being a top player in the ballparks, Judge’s leadership skill is the key ingredient of his characteristics. The Yankees slugger himself is in a fiery form. He is smashing the ball all over the park in almost every other game. Recently, he joined a rare elite company of the Yankees legends.

Aaron Judge is already a New York Yankees legend

Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Gay Sanchez, these players have ruled an era in Major League Baseball. While playing for the New York Yankees, Ruth, Mantle, and Sanchez created many records in MLB. And equalling them by an individual is humanly impossible. However, the Yankees star Aaron Judge has joined their company for a very particular record.

Sep 21, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, Judge is in the form of his life. He has smacked 17 home runs in the 2022 season, that too in his first 40 games. With this outrageous record, Judge has joined the elite company of Babe Ruth (19), Mickey Mantle (18), and Gary Sanchez (18) for smashing the most homers in their first 40 games of the season.

Taking to Twitter, Fox Sports shared the same. “A hot start to the season puts Aaron Judge among some elite company,” said the tweet.

Will Judge win the AL MVP in 2022?

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Though the AL MVP will be decided at the end of the season, with the games Judge is having, he is the top contender for the award.

Given there are still over 100 league games to be played this season, it is too early to make the call. But if things go his way, Judge might win the AL MVP Award. Because he has already belted 17 home runs, and in the coming days he will hit more homers for the Yankees.

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Do you think Aaron Judge can continue his excellent form throughout the season?

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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