Aaron Judge, Shohei Ohtani

Akshita Patel

Could Aaron Judge & Shohei Ohtani Emulate What Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig Did For The Yankees?

The New York Yankees, a 27-time World Series champions, have been denied the 28th title for the past 13 years. Despite having the most potent hitting lineup, the Bronx Bombers always end up choking in the postseason. This season, without Aaron Judge, the Yanks are on a path to playoff elimination for the first time since 2016.

Naturally, the Yankees are unlikely to win a championship this season. They need someone to assist Aaron Judge at the top. Meanwhile, as the trade deadline approaches, Shohei Ohtani’s name is floating around. The Yanks are one of the few teams who have the financial resources to acquire Ohtani. But would the Judge-Ohtani duo ensure success for the New York-based team?

   

Judge-Ohtani Could Become The New Ruth-Gehrig For The Yankees

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Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were iconic figures in baseball history, forming one of the most formidable duos ever seen in the sport. Ruth was known for his legendary power hitting, revolutionizing the game with his home run prowess. Gehrig, on the other hand, was the “Iron Horse,” renowned for his consistency, durability, and ability to hit for power and average. Similarly, Ohtani and Judge have been making waves in the modern era of baseball. Shohei Ohtani is a two-way star, excelling both as a dominant pitcher and an explosive hitter. His ability to throw triple-digit fastballs and hit towering home runs has made him a unique player, drawing comparisons to Babe Ruth himself.

But the real question is can the Yankees land Shohei Ohtani? The two-way player is hitting free agency next season and wants to play to win. While the Angels have top players in the lineup, they are way far away from contending for a championship. Hence, the Yanks can pair him up with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to form one of the most dangerous hitting lineups in the league. Undoubtedly, the price would be high. But looking at Ohtani’s potential, he is worth every penny or prospect whatsoever. The comparison to Ruth and Gehrig is not to be taken lightly, as the original duo is considered one of the most legendary partnerships in baseball history. However, Ohtani and Judge’s talents have sparked genuine excitement and optimism, and the potential for greatness is there for the taking.

Shohei Ohtani Actively Chasing Aaron Judge’s 62-Home Run Record

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Meanwhile, Shohei Ohtani is on his own track this season. He is currently leading the American League home run tally with 36 long hits to his name. At his pace, he is projected to reach 59, which is three less than Judge’s ultimate 62 hits number. However, for Ohtani, with the kind of form he is in, hitting multiple long hits in a game is no big deal.

Hence, as per the current trajectory, Shohei Ohtani, by all means, could break Aaron Judge’s historic 62-home run record. Meanwhile, Judge is not at all stressing over his record being under threat. In fact, the Yankees captain has sent good wishes to the two-way player. He believes that such highs are good for the game of baseball. Ultimately, only time will tell if Ohtani can reach the magical figure this season.