Anchoring The Best Lineup In Baseball, Aaron Judge Has Exceeded Expectations

Anchoring The Best Lineup In Baseball, Aaron Judge Has Exceeded Expectations

Despite being no-hit by a Houston Astros’ three-pitcher combination in a 3-0 loss on Saturday, the Yankees are still the hottest team in the Majors and MLBbro Aaron Judge is the brightest light in their lineup.

As the summer rolls on and the days get hotter, so do the New York Yankees, and slugger Aaron Judge. The Yankees remain the top team in baseball as we approach the
halfway point of the season. There are several factors that we can point to for the
Yankees’’ success such as elite starting pitching and a high-octane offense. The Yankees
are amongst the Major League leaders in runs scored and runs allowed proving their two way
dominance. But the most crucial ingredient to their success, is the same one that was key to them
coming in, and that is the dominance of their franchise player, Aaron Judge.

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There was much talk about the status of Judge coming into the season, and many
wondered if this would be a distraction. The New York media is notoriously ruthless and known
for making big stars crumble under pressure. Not only has Judge answered the call, but he has
exceeded expectations. Brian Cashman and the Yankees more than likely find themselves having
to empty their pocketbooks to re-sign Judge with the type of success he is having. He has put not
only the Yankees and their fans on notice, but the entire league that he is one of the nest and
intends to be paid as such.

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Judge is almost a foregone conclusion as a starter in this year’s All-Star Game. Last week
Judge reportedly opted out of the annual Home Run Derby. “Nope, I already did that” Judge told
the New York Post. Although fans will be disappointed one of the most dangerous and powerful
hitters in the game won’t be participating, this shows his commitment to bigger and loftier goals.
At this current pace, Judge will earn possibly an MVP award, Silver Slugger, Hank Aaron
Award, All-Star recognition, and also has a realistic chance at huge playoff success with the way
his team has steamrolled through competition. He is laser focused and driven by his
determination to prove his pre-season doubters wrong.

Judge is having the best year of his already amazing career. Judge is hitting over .300 and
leads the league in home runs by a considerable margin. Not only is he contributing at the plate
but he is playing quality defense. This is noteworthy as he has spent much time in centerfield
this year. The dominance of Judge is igniting the team to new heights and they look ready to be a
formidable contender for a deep playoff run that Bronx fans hope will result in extending their
league leading World Series championship amount to 28. This would not only cap off a great
year for the Yankees, but cement MLBbro Aaron Judge in history as another Yankee great.

Byron Buxton Is One Healthy Season Away From MLBbro Supremacy | Minnesota Twins Five-Tool Talent Is A Leading MVP Candidate

Byron Buxton Is One Healthy Season Away From MLBbro Supremacy | Minnesota Twins Five-Tool Talent Is A Leading MVP Candidate

The Minnesota Twins bottomed out in the 2021 season, finishing dead last in the American League Central division.

The Twins’ performance was considered a major disappointment considering the back-to-back American League Central crowns in the two seasons prior.

Byron Buxton Is Key

A key factor for the Twins to contend again is sure to be the continuation of the breakout performance fans began to witness at the beginning of the 2021 MLB season by Twins’ CF Byron “Buck” Buxton.

Buxton opened the 2021 campaign in April batting an excellent .426 along with 8 home runs, earning the title of American League Player of the Month for April 2021.

This was the impact the Twins had been waiting for from their star centerfielder, but a theme that has been too far too present in his career would shortly arise.

No stranger to injury, Buck’s season would ultimately be derailed once again due to hamstring issues and a fractured hand.

The Minnesota Twins still believe in the special talent that Buxton has. The organization made this evident when the decision was made to extend him this past December.

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Staying Healthy 

The reasons are not hard to see why they would want to retain a special talent like Buxton. When healthy, he has exemplified the dynamic ability to be one of the league’s top five-tool players. Already a former Gold Glove winner (2017), Buck’s defense in center field has proven to be elite as a result of his lightning speed and rocket arm strength to match.

He has flashed tools at the plate that allow him to hit for both power and contact, making him a rare dual threat. A terror on the base paths, he is also one of the prominent bag snipers in the game. The threat of his speed has terrorized pitchers into mistakes.

Considering Buxton’s hot start last year was not enough to convince the team, he also will benefit from the addition of newly signed Carlos Correa. There has already been evidence of that impact in Spring Training as Buxton showed the same vigor as last April with a .469 batting average, 5 HRs, and 13 RBI. With a proven All-Star caliber slugger now behind him in the lineup, Buxton is even better positioned to finally have a true breakout season.

Buxton is a home grown talent that has long been the choice to be the Twin’s clubhouse leader. Minnesota has not had a true long-term superstar since Joe Mauer, and Buxton has the charisma, talent, and clubhouse presence to be the city’s next star.

 

Injuries aside, nothing stands between Buxton and a real shot at the AL MVP award in the 2022 MLB season. With a unique power speed combination, only few players in the sport can match such an exceptional skillset.

Good Money, Good Faith

The 2022 season is poised to be the best in Buxton’s young career. The extension given to Buxton was beneficial to both player and team.

The seven-year $100 million extension gives Buxton longstanding security and stability.

He will contend for AL Comeback Player of the Year and AL MVP awards, and helping the Twins return to the playoffs can propel him in the pursuit of those awards.