The New York Yankees are having an incredible season. Entering play Wednesday night, they held the best record in Major League Baseball at 50-18. Much of that has to do with the season that Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is having. On Wednesday, Judge was back at it, as he hit his 26th and 27th home runs on the year. That easily leads all of baseball.
In doing so, Judge joined Babe Ruth as the only Yankees player to record six multi-home run games over the first 70 games of the season.
Aaron Judge joins Babe Ruth in 1928 as the only Yankees with 6 multi-HR games within the team's first 70 games of a season. pic.twitter.com/O3fWYsARZh
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 23, 2022
In the 4th inning, Judge took Tampa Bay Rays starter Shane Baz deep for a solo home run. Then in the 7th, he did it again blasting a solo shot off of Rays reliever Colin Poche.
The Yankees power hitter is the massive front runner at this point for American League MVP. To go along with his home runs, he also is hitting .303 with 52 RBI this year already. It appears the only thing that can slow him down is injury. Unfortunately, New York has not been blessed with luck in that regard in recent seasons.
The Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman might very well kick themselves after this year. Prior to the season, the Yankees and Judge cut off negotiations toward an extension. Essentially, Judge decided to bet on himself. Well, that bet appears to be paying off.
He is a plus outfielder and one of the, if not the, premier power hitter in all of baseball. At this point, it appears the starting bids for his services next season will be around $300 million. But more than likely, whoever pays him will have to shell out more than $400 million.