Aaron Judge has been in prolific hitting form for the New York Yankees during the 2022 season. The three-time All-Star is one of the best long-ball hitters in the MLB currently. He is an early contender for the American League MVP, scoring the highest 25 home runs this season. As per Peter Botte from the New York Post, Judge is on a 162-game pace and could end up hitting 65 homers and surpass Roger Maris’ franchise record of 61 home runs. Aaron has also scored the most runs(53) with a slugging percentage of .683 and 1.067 OPS. The Yankees’ right fielder’s prolific hitting has led the franchise to a 47-16 record in the league this season.
With the form the three-time Silver Slugger winner is in, the Yankees fans would expect him to set a new record in this year’s Home Run Derby. However, it seems like Aaron Judge does not plan on taking on the hitting challenge this season. Judge told Peter Botte that he do not need to compete again as he had done it once. The Yankees’ right fielder added, “I’m all good with that.”
Aaron conquered the Home Run derby challenge during his rookie year in 2017. The 30-year-old hit a total of 47 moonshots and became the fourth Yankee ever to win the competition. However, Judge’s performance dropped significantly after the event as he batted .185 for the rest of the season. Moreover, Aaron also suffered from a shoulder injury and had to undergo arthroscopic surgery during the offseason.
The Yankees slugger has grown as a player since then and has shown his consistent hitting ability through the seasons. Thus, it would be wise for the Yankees to make Judge stay with the franchise. Aaron also has a real chance of winning his first MLB championship with the Bombers this season with the form they are in.
Yankees Vs. Judge In Court For His 2022 Salary
Judge will become a free agent after his contract with the Yankees end this season. During the off-season, he turned down a seven-year, $213 million contract deal from the Yankees. He asked for a $36 million a year salary equivalent to Mike Trout‘s record pay. However, the Pinstripers and Judge will head to an arbitrary hearing next Wednesday to determine his salary for the 2022 season. Currently, Judge is seeking a $21 million pay while the Yankees are looking to settle at $17 million. However, these numbers came up during the offseason, after which Judge has lifted himself from the other players with his unbelievable performances.
Judge was asked about the possibility of settling before the court hearing. He revealed that he had not heard anything about settling and was prepared to go to the court. Aaron said that he and his team of agents are looking forward to the hearing. He added, “All we gotta do is get ready for the hearing. And if they come to us, they come to us. We’ll see what happens.”