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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

TIME 2022 Athlete of the Year: Aaron Judge

Judge—who at 6 ft. 7 in. and 282 lb. checks in as one of the most massive players in baseball history–slugged his 60th home run, tying Babe Ruth’s 1927 milestone, on Sept. 20, launching a 95-m.p.h. sinker deep into the left-center field bleachers. From there, the story got suspenseful. Over five home games and two more on the road in Toronto, Judge failed to tie Roger Maris’ American League record of 61. He began to press, and opposing pitchers, in no mood to become subjects of trivia questions for -generations, remained- reluctant to throw him strikes. Judge, however, locked in just in time. He tied Maris in Toronto on Sept. 28, and finally hit No. 62 on Oct. 4, a 391-ft. blast off Rangers pitcher Jesus Tinoco in the second-to-last game of the season. (Remember that name, for your sports-bar quiz night, circa 2041.)

The record chase boosted attendance, television ratings, and social media engagement down the stretch of the 2022 baseball season. ESPN even cut into college-football coverage to show potential record-breaking swings, interrupting sacrosanct Saturday-afternoon viewing routines. “That’s really good for the game,” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred tells TIME. “When you cut into football, you’re hitting people that you might not otherwise get to.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 01:38 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 06, 2022 at 02:24 PM (#6108277)
Manfred, the baseball commissioner, can’t publicly root for an outcome. He does, however, raise a key data point. “There’s just absolutely no doubt—our research supports this—that player continuity in a particular market is really important to building fandom in the game,” he says.
This is a point I & others have raised here. We’ll soon see if it matters in the end.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 06, 2022 at 02:49 PM (#6108285)
Jon Heyman reporting that the Giants offer to Judge is believed to be in the $360M neighborhood. Unclear if that is their original offer or a more recent one, and the years are also uncertain. Heyman also says that the assumption/belief among rivals is that the Yankees remain favorites, although he doesn’t give a figure for the Yankees offer. Lots of uncertainty here.

   3. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 03:50 PM (#6108301)
Obviously he made the right choice, given how successful he's been, but I've kind of always wondered why Judge chose baseball over football or basketball.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 04:04 PM (#6108304)
But Sportsperson of the Year is Steph Curry, what is the distinction between Athlete and Sportsperson?
   5. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 04:14 PM (#6108309)
It's a load of woke tosh! Or something.
   6. DCA Posted: December 06, 2022 at 05:27 PM (#6108332)
what is the distinction between Athlete and Sportsperson?

Judge is an inhuman beast
   7. Moses Taylor loves a good maim Posted: December 06, 2022 at 06:00 PM (#6108334)
Arson Judge was robbed.
   8. Dolf Lucky Posted: December 06, 2022 at 06:08 PM (#6108336)
Juiced balls!
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: December 06, 2022 at 06:33 PM (#6108343)
Heyman jumped the gun and sent Judge to SF, then deleted the tweet and said he was too soon.
frenzy ensues....

Susan Slusser
@susanslusser
Buzz in the lobby is Judge is going to sign with the Giants.
5:25 PM · Dec 6, 2022

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"In an interview with TIME Magazine that was published on Tuesday, Judge revealed that he was displeased by the Yankees’ decision to publicly announce the seven-year, $213.5 million extension offer he turned down prior to Opening Day.

“We kind of said, ‘Hey, let’s keep this between us.’ I was a little upset that the numbers came out,” Judge told TIME, which named him its 2022 Athlete of the Year. “I understand it’s a negotiation tactic. Put pressure on me. Turn the fans against me, turn the media on me. That part of it I didn’t like.”
   10. Hank Gillette Posted: December 06, 2022 at 06:48 PM (#6108351)
Obviously he made the right choice, given how successful he's been, but I've kind of always wondered why Judge chose baseball over football or basketball.


Maybe he wasn’t that good at football or basketball? 6'7" is not especially tall for an NBA player, and being tall does not automatically mean that you have basketball skill.
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 06, 2022 at 07:28 PM (#6108364)
Judge was recruited by Notre Dame, Stanford & UCLA to play tight end, and he led his high school basketball team in scoring, so I don’t think lack of ability was the reason he opted for baseball over the other sports.
   12. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 07:30 PM (#6108367)
Maybe he wasn’t that good at football or basketball? 6'7" is not especially tall for an NBA player, and being tall does not automatically mean that you have basketball skill.


I mean, I guess. But the dude is huge and has raw athletic talent on an elite level. That kind of thing usually translates between sports. Given that baseball is much more a skill game than basketball, I just wonder, that's all.

For all I know it's just that he has more fun playing baseball. Or got offered money to play baseball earlier. But he is an extreme outlier for a baseball player, size-wise. He would fit in pretty well in the NFL or NBA.
   13. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: December 07, 2022 at 08:40 AM (#6108440)
He's remaining in the Bronx, according to Robothal.
   14. Nasty Nate Posted: December 07, 2022 at 08:45 AM (#6108443)
He's remaining in the Bronx, according to Robothal.


Mitch Haniger signs with SF, as now the OF dominoes fall.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 07, 2022 at 09:10 AM (#6108452)
THE VERDICT IS IN: JUDGE STAYS WITH THE YANKEES, $360M/9 YEARS! Was a bit worried for a while.
   16. Karl from NY Posted: December 07, 2022 at 03:00 PM (#6108565)
This is a point I & others have raised here. We’ll soon see if it matters in the end.

College football has nearly zero player continuity compared to the pros, but its fans are even more obsessive per team than the NFL. People absolutely just root for laundry.

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