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Saturday, June 04, 2022

Mike Lupica: Aaron Judge isn’t just the face of the Yankees, he’s the face of baseball right now

Judge has been the best and most dominant player in baseball across the first third of 2022. There is still a long way to go, of course, and he has gotten hurt before. Stanton was looking pretty ferocious himself before he went on the IL. Doesn’t change that Judge made it to 20 homers, through 52 games, after it was Yankees 13, Tigers 0 at the Stadium, and go ahead and do the math on that over a full season, because it’s not just fun, the possibilities of it all make your head want to explode.

Even people in outer space know by now that he and the Yankees couldn’t reach agreement on a contract extension before the season started. Everybody knows that the Yankees offered Judge a $230 million contract and that he turned it down. And if things don’t change between now and the end of the season, and nobody expects that they will, the Yankees won’t just be bidding against themselves the next time they talk long-term contract with Judge, they will be bidding against anybody who’s willing to spend $300 or $400 million on a 30-year-old guy who might have 60 homers in him.

He’s not just the face of the Yankees across the first third of the season. He’s the face of baseball right now. The Yankees would be a really, really good team this season because of the remarkable way they’ve pitched, after years and years and years when they never had enough pitching. But it is Judge, hitting wherever Aaron Boone hits them in the order, who makes them look great. He has hit 14 homers since the start of May, and shows no sign of slowing down now that we are into June.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2022 at 07:31 PM | 71 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Aaron Judge’s Decision To Bet on Himself Is Paying Off

Judge’s season line stands at a spicy .303/.371/.657, numbers that would count as superlative even in Coors Field during the era’s highest-offense seasons. In 1968: The Next Generation, that’s enough for a 192 wRC+ and 2.8 WAR; spicy may actually undersell just how dangerous he’s been.

Unlike a lot of similar extension offers, it’s hard to call the Yankees’ unreasonable. Some might compare Judge’s potential deal to what Mike Trout is set to get through his age-38 season, but even ignoring Trout’s strong argument for being the superior player entering the season, the Angels superstar’s contract also started at age 29. Similarly, the extension Mookie Betts signed started at age 28. How much does that matter? Let’s start with the ZiPS projection for Judge entering the 2022 season:

Knocking three years off his age bumps that valuation all the way from $147 million to $232 million. Similarly, if Judge was scheduled to become a free agent at 26, like a number of other young phenoms have, ZiPS would suggest $273 million over seven years or $334 million over 10, comparable to those other players.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2022 at 10:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Aaron Judge hits game-winning three-run home run in ninth to end heated game between Yankees and Blu

It has been a brewing rivalry for a few years now, but Tuesday the Yankees and Blue Jays mixed in some bad blood before Aaron Judge crushed a three-run homer to walk off a 6-5 win over Toronto at the Stadium.

The Yankees (20-9) have won five of the eight games they have played against the Blue Jays (17-14) this season. It took Judge’s giant, second-tier blast to get them there, though….

The intensity went up a notch Tuesday night.

After Giancarlo Stanton tied the game in the sixth inning with a home run to right, Yimi Garcia hit Josh Donaldson on the arm with a 94-mph fastball. With Judge and other Yankees about to jump over the dugout fence, the umpires held a brief conference and without issuing a warning tossed Garcia. The right-hander had to be held back from crew chief Alfonso Marquez and when pitching coach Pete Walker got into the argument he was tossed too. That created a five-minute, on-field delay while the Blue Jays got another pitcher ready.

Chad Green gave up an RBI-double to Lourdes Gurriel Jr., scoring Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from first base. He then gave up a sacrifice fly to Alejandro Kirk.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2022 at 10:47 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Friday, April 08, 2022

Yankees offer Aaron Judge long-term contract extension with total guarantee of $200 million, per report

The New York Yankees have offered their biggest star a long-term contract extension. The Yankees offered Judge a multiyear deal with a total guarantee in excess of $200 million, according to MLB Network.

The contract would make him the highest paid annual position player in team history. According to the NY Post, the Yankees offered more than $27.5 million, which would leave Judge’s AAV behind Angels’ Mike Trout and Dodgers’ Mookie Betts for the largest ever among outfielders.

Prior to Friday’s Opening Day for the Yankees, Judge told reporters that he doesn’t have an update on extension negotiations but said today remains his deadline for a deal because he doesn’t want to negotiate during the season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2022 at 10:15 AM | 40 comment(s)
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