Aaron Judge’s historic season earned him the best individual award.
The New York Yankees slugger hit a league-breaking 62 home runs in 2022 and was named the American League MVP on Thursday. He beat out his two-way prodigy Shohei Ohtani of last season’s award-winning Los Angeles Angels. The judges won 28 of the 30 first-place votes, and Otani won the remaining two.
This is the 23rd time that a Yankee has won the MVP award.
In addition to chasing the AL’s all-time home run record, Judge also challenged for the Triple Crown. He led the league in RBI (131) and was second in batting average (. 311) to the Twins’ Luis Araez (. 316).
The Judges scored one of their best seasons ever, leading New York to the AL East crown in the process, while Ohtani won back-to-back MVPs after a dominant two-way season Some thought it was likely. 273 batting average, 34 homers, 95 RBI, he went 15-9 on the mound, a 2.33 ERA, and he had 219 strikeouts in his 28 games with the midfield Angels.
Judges will consider taking advantage of the MVP season in free agency. Slugger officially became a free agent earlier this month after his contract with the Yankees expired. He turned down his seven-year, $213.5 million contract extension before the season and is expected to sign what is likely to be one of the highest-paid contracts in MLB history.
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