Despite a Top Honor as a Rookie, $360M Yankees Star Aaron Judge Put His Teammates Before Personal Achievements in 2017

Published 08/15/2023, 11:01 AM EDT

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The New York Yankees lost many star players to retirement in the last decade. Be it Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez, their retirements left a big void for the Yankees to fill. Given the challenges, it was not a straightforward thing to do, but Aaron Judge has fulfilled this void since his MLB debut. The current Yankees captain has not only performed on the plate but also showed his brilliant leadership skills, which made him a complete team player. However, his rookie glory revealed that he is ‘a man who puts his team first.’

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Given that it is a dream of every baseball player to be a part of a star team, Judge completed it in his rookie year because of his sheer dominance on the baseball field. But instead of taking credit, the $360 million star credited his teammates for the glory.

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Aaron Judge has been a star since his MLB debut. It also helped him clinch AL Rookie of the Year award, which added to his brilliance with baseball. Apart from it, Judge had another feat to his name, wherein, instead of rejoicing, he showed his brilliant character by thanking his teammates for his sole achievement.

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On page 108 of the book, Aaron Judge: The Incredible Story of the New York Yankees’ Home Run-Hitting Phenom, author David Fischer has written about the same. The story goes as, ” In his rookie campaign, Judge was the highest vote-getter for the American League All-Star team, collecting 4,488,702 votes—and for good reason.” 

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Attributing his sole success to the unwavering support of his teammates, Judge’s account read, “It’s pretty incredible. Any time you get [recognized] like this, I feel like it’s a team award. If I look back, I wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for my teammates that put me in a good position. I’m always coming up with runners on base. I’m always coming up in big situations to do a job.”

Although it takes something unique for a player in his rookie season to do so, Judge continues to add more to it with his groundbreaking actions.

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The Yankees have been known by the name of Judge for the last few years. The situation further strengthened as the 31-year-old completed seven years with the Pinstripes recently. During this period, Judge has played 794 games and has claimed over 500 runs and RBIs. He has also scored 242 home runs and continues to lead the charts since August 2016.

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Apparently, Judge has been a motivating factor behind the team’s success that has brought his universal role into the picture.

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The journey which started with his All-Star has only progressed over the years, making him one of the admirable faces of the MLB world. Though how do you see Judge? Do you see him as different from the rest of the world? Let us know in the comments below.

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Saurabh Saini

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Even after having an engineering background, nothing stopped Saurabh Saini from following his passion and writing about sports. With a sound knowledge of American sports, Saurabh specializes in baseball. Before joining EssentiallySports, Saurabh has written around 800 articles spanning MLB, NFL, and NHL.
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