OHTANI AND VLADDY HAVE THE NUMBERS, BUT AARON JUDGE’S IMPACT WAS SECOND TO NONE
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Shohei Ohtani had a season that no one has seen in MLB since Babe Ruth played for the Boston Red Sox in the early 1900s and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came close to the Triple Crown after a tremendous year. They both deserve to be and are MVP favorites, yet Aaron Judge has been a leader for the New York Yankees, who edged out the Blue Jays and Mariners for last-day AL wild card spot. it’s from the season.
Aaron Judge posted the best numbers of his career since his 2017 ROY campaign, which saw him hit 52 HRs and 114 RBIs while finishing second in the AL MVP voting. This year, the Yankees needed all the help they could get from Judge, as they ranked fourth in the AL East at the All-Star break in July. During the second half of the season, Judge propelled his team to a massive comeback.
The Yankees ranked second in the AL East for much of September before ending the year with a wild-card spot, fighting in the toughest division in MLB. He helped the Yankees defend against Toronto and Seattle toward the end of the season, and finished in the top 5 in the American League in HR, OBP, SLG and OPS. Judge was an elite player all season and despite Ohtani and Guerrero Jr.’s tremendous seasons, he deserves to be in the AL MVP conversation because of his constant decisive contributions.