2022: Historic year for Aaron Judge with the New York Yankees
AL MVP Aaron Judge received a lot of honors this year with the New York Yankees, although he wasn’t able to bring them to the World Series.
Aaron Judge had a great individual season in 2022- he set a new record for home runs in the American League with the New York Yankees, reaching the historic figure of 62 HRs.
The record had prevailed since 1961, when the legendary Roger Maris hit 61 home runs.
An abundance of awards for Aaron
Also this year, Judge was named the American League MVP, awarded the Silver Slugger and named an All-Athlete of the Year in 2022 by AP.
As if that were not enough, he was named the new Yankees captain; becoming number 16 in the history of the Bronx ninth and the first since Derek Jeter retired after the 2014 season.
The holder of jersey number 99 played in 157 of 162 regular season games, leading the Yankees to their second AL East title in 10 years.
The 30-year-old finished the year with a .311 batting average, 62 home runs and 131 RBIs.
Record MLB contract
Judge recently signed a nine-year, $360 million contract with the Bronx Bombers, the third-largest deal in baseball history.
But all these numbers still had a bittersweet tinge because the New York Yankees did not make it to the World Series.
Although the Eastern Division title was obtained, 2023 will be a new opportunity for the Yankees to resurface again under Judge’s leadership and be contenders in the new year’s championship series.