Aaron Judge Proves He’s a Deserving Captain With a Kind Gesture Towards New York Yankees’ Latest Prospects

Published 01/19/2023, 12:30 PM EST
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

Aaron Judge has shown immense growth as a person and an athlete since joining the New York Yankees. Over the years, Judge has taken up more responsibility at the clubhouse and acted as a leader for the team. This has been even more apparent in recent years as Judge’s impact has grown. But the Yankees decided to make it official and recently gave Judge the captaincy of the team.

This is a move that makes complete sense and has seemed inevitable for some time now. But Judge seems to be taking it very seriously. He recently performed his first duties as captain.

Aaron Judge took the time to interact with a couple of the Yankees’ top prospects

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Although the off-season is going on and most players are enjoying themselves, Aaron Judge got started on his captaincy duties. Judge was spotted spending time with some Yankee prospects. He was pictured alongside outfielder Felix Neguéis and pitcher Osiel Rodriguez on separate occasions. John Brophy of Pinstriped Prospects shared the news and pictures via Twitter.

In the Tweet, Brophy said, “The Captain doing captainly things in Tampa”. He also said, “Aaron Judge is seen with OF Felix Neguéis and RHP Osiel Rodriguez”. This shows just how committed Judge is to being the captain and helping young prospects develop. 

Fans also reacted to the Tweet with a lot of positive comments toward Judge. They lauded him for his actions and said that he is truly the captain of the New York Yankees. 

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But this also validates the Yankee’s decision to give Judge the captaincy. Although it has seemed like an obvious decision for the last few years. The reigning AL MVP has shown nothing but loyalty to the franchise and has also displayed the capability to lead a team. Furthermore, he is one of the best players in the League today.

Judge played his way into the record books in 2022

During the 2022 season, Aaron Judge achieved a historic and record-breaking feat. While having his best season ever, Judge broke the single-season home run record for the AL. He did so by hitting 62 homers, one more than the previous record of 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961.  

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This earned Judge a 9-year $360 million contract and the captaincy of the New York Yankees. Furthermore, it will cement his legacy as a Yankee great. It will be interesting to see Judge’s first season as captain this year. What do you think of the fact that Aaron Judge is already acting like the captain? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. On completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, he followed his passion for writing and started working as a content writer. His passion for sports has led him to sports journalism.

Edited By: Abhishek Kumar

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