10 Things You Didn’t Know About Yankees Star Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge is one of the biggest stars in baseball in just his second season with the New York Yankees. Bursting onto the scene in 2016, Judge used his first 27 games with the Yankees to club four home runs and drive in 10 runs. That sample was enough to bring a ton of hype around him heading into the 2017 campaign.
New York needed a new face of their franchise. With a rich recent history of players like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens, Mariano Rivera, and more, the Yankees finally found their man in Judge.
In 2017, Judge took the league by storm. He batted .284 to go along with 52 home runs and 114 RBIs. Those numbers led to him winning the American League Rookie of the Year award and immediately placed him among MLB’s biggest stars.
This season in his third year with the Yankees, Judge put together another big season. His numbers took a bit of a dip with just 27 home runs and 67 RBIs while batting .278. Judge was forced to miss quite a bit of time, playing in just 112 games as opposed to the 155 he played in 2017.
While Judge is one of the biggest stars in baseball, there are quite a few things that regular fans do not know about him. We’re here to help you learn more about “The Judge.”
Here are 10 things that you may not have known about the Yankees’ superstar outfielder.
10. He Had Options to Play Other Sports
Judge was not just a baseball star growing up. He was a three-sport star and likely could have played any sport that he chose in college.
In addition to baseball, Judge was a high school basketball and football star. He averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds while playing the center position in basketball. Judge also was a stud tight end, racking up 969 yards and 17 touchdowns in his senior year.
New York’s new face is the definition of an athlete, but he definitely made the right choice pursuing baseball.
9. Judge Wasn’t Originally Drafted By the Yankees
Back in 2010, the Oakland Athletics drafted Judge in the 30th round of the First-Year Player Draft. Instead of making the jump to Major League Baseball, Judge decided to take three years to attend college. New York then drafted Judge in the 2013 draft.