Three The Hard Way | Yankees Slugger Aaron Judge Could Walk Away With The Triple Crown

Three The Hard Way | Yankees Slugger Aaron Judge Could Walk Away With The Triple Crown

The Triple Crown is one of the most impressive feats in all of baseball. To achieve this as a hitter a player must lead his respective league in batting average, home runs, and RBI.

To date, there have only been 27 instances of a player accomplishing this feat. The most recent winner was Miguel Cabrera in 2012 while he was playing for the Detroit Tigers. However, one certain MLBbro came very close in 2022. That player is none other than New York Yankee All-Star Slugger Aaron Judge. Fast forward to 2024 and the MLBbro is in striking distance again.

 

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In 2022 Aaron Judge won the American League MVP in historical fashion, breaking the previous American League home run record held by Roger Maris. Judge’s 2022 season was even more incredible as he led the league in home runs and RBI but ultimately fell short in his attempt at a Triple Crown by finishing just .05 points behind the batting champ that year, Luis Arraez. The MLBbro is back at it in 2024 and is once again taking a shot at the historic milestone.

 

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The Yankee captain is solely focused on bringing the team their first World Series championship since 2009, but his play being stellar is the best way to do that. The MLBbro has already surpassed Roger Maris as an AL home run leader, this year he hopes to join him as not only a two-time MVP but also a champion.

 

Who Is The Most Important Yankees Player? Aaron Judge, Juan Soto Or Giancarlo Stanton?

 

MLBbro.com Takes A Look At Aaron Judge’s Hidden Talent… His Ability In the Outfield

MLBbro.com Takes A Look At Aaron Judge’s Hidden Talent… His Ability In the Outfield

Unless baseball fans have been living under a rock, you know that the MLB season has been mostly about the New York Yankees with their return to the “Bronx Bombers” era. The player in the spotlight leading the charge (and the majors) in home runs flying out of parks is MLBbro superstar Aaron Judge. With the production of Juan Soto, and fellow MLBbro Giancarlo Stanton, Judge is on an all-time historical run. Enough of a run that MLB now invited MLBbro.com’s fearless leader Rob Parker on their network to analyze Judge’s home run prowess…

 

But the Yankees are also counting on their superstar to help stabilize their defense in the outfield which has been an issue since outfielder Brett Gardner left with only the oft-injured Harrison Bader as his replacement leaving a serious void in left field.

 

In 2024, the Yankees are trying a formula of moving our MLBbro to center field while playing periodically in right. As of this writing the Yankees are riding with a lineup including Juan Soto, Aaron Judge and Alex Verdugo. With Stanton and Trent Grisham chipping in, the defense will be an adventure for a team looking for a World Series championship this year. The caveat is most of these names are tearing the cover off the baseball.

 

The main reason that Aaron Judge will be okay no matter where the team puts him (center or right field) is that his mechanics and discipline is just as strong as his hitting. His positioning to field the ball to get to a quick throw is impeccable here as he throws out an opponent trying to stretch a single into a double.

 

Watch this perfect throw so the runner tags himself out…

 

To the fans that may be worried about our MLBbro’s defensive acumen in center field in September, MLBbro.com would advise them to relax. Judge has more experience than most realize.

 

  • In 2022, Judge played 78 games in center back in the 2022 season in comparison to 73 in right.
  • In Judge’s injury plagued season when he was injured with a broken toe making a play in right field, he still played 18 games in center field as opposed to 54 in right.

 

In both of these seasons, Aaron Judge performed better in center field than right in advanced stats metrics like defensive runs saved like this example here

 

…and Statcast’s outs above average. Finally, our MLBbro has NEVER MADE AN ERROR in his career according to CBS Sports.

 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone plans to move Judge around the outfield at various times this season to cover the team’s needs. Judge will try to shoulder the responsibilities because that’s part of the DNA of franchise players. A situation much like the Los Angeles Dodgers are doing with Mookie Betts this season which MLBbro.com covered in detail

 

But while the Dodgers were trying to AVOID Mookie Betts playing center field to avoid injuries, the Yanks aren’t as concerned. Despite the toe injury last season, most consider it a freak injury that happens from time to time, our MLBbro has been relatively healthy in recent years.

 

  • He played 157 games in 2022 with the aforementioned games played in center.
  • He played 148 in 2021 after rib (2020), wrist (2018) and oblique (2016, 2019) injuries slowed him prior.

 

With the combination of dominance at the plate (Yankees lead the majors in homers, slugging and other advanced stats) and on the mound (leaders in ERA) that has experts comparing this team to the 1927 World Series team, the average outfield play is more of a concern than a problem BUT…

 

The trade deadline is coming soon. Stay tuned.

#HIGHFIVE (WEEK 11):  Jazz Chisholm Strikes Back, David Hamilton Is In The Game

#HIGHFIVE (WEEK 11): Jazz Chisholm Strikes Back, David Hamilton Is In The Game

The gap between Aaron Judge and the rest of the field stretches further apart with each passing week.  As he keeps hitting, the Yankees keeps on winning and this week he swung his bat to the tune of a .423 average with four home runs and 13 RBI to earn the top spot on our Week 11 #HighFive list.

1. Aaron Judge

The King of New York sits atop of the #HighFive list for the fourth time in the last five weeks and by the looks of it, he may never give up his spot on the throne.

 

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Right now Judge is leading the Majors in home runs, RBI, OPS, walks and a slugging percentage that sits at .702.  That number would be the highest in the league since Barry Bonds had an .812 in 2005.

In the much anticipated matchup between the Dodgers and Yankees last weekend, Judge was at his best.

He finished the three-game series 7-for-15 with three home runs, five RBI, three walks and a double.

 

2. David Hamilton

Rookie shortstop David Hamilton, who is becoming a fan favorite in Boston, was known most for his defense during his time in the Red Sox Minor League system, but he cracks his first ever #HighFive list due to his excellence at the plate.

Hamilton, who was one of the pieces in the trade that sent former Gold Glover Jackie Bradley Jr. to Milwaukee has been hitting over .300 for a month plus now.

He recorded multiple hits in five of his last six games and four in a row entering Thursday, and his 13 steals put him in the top eight for the American League.

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Over the last seven games, he is slashing .379/.400/.724 with two home runs, four RBI and four steals.

Hamilton will get his first taste of one of the biggest rivalries in sports: Yankees vs Red Sox this weekend.

3. Marcus “Stro Show” Stroman

Marcus Stroman lowered his ERA to 2.82 after another solid outing, this time against the Kansas City Royals to grab a spot on the #HighFive for a fourth week in a row.

He is tied for the league lead in starts allowing no earned runs with five as he went 5.2 shutout innings allowing four hits and walking three Tuesday night.

Stroman, who got 11 of those outs via his sinker, spoke to reporters postgame on its effectiveness:

“The sinker has always been my bread and butter,” said Stroman.

“I always rely heavily on that and feel that the pitching staff have done a great job helping me pair it with my other pitches as well.”

 

 

Stroman will bring his “Stro Show” into Fenway Park for Sunday Night Baseball Sunday in his next start against fellow #HighFive member David Hamilton and the Red Sox.

 

4. Royce Lewis

Royce Lewis was one of my picks for breakout player of the year in Major League Baseball.

 

A quad injury put a hold on that campaign, but he has returned with a vengeance since being taken off the Injured List to earn the four spot on the #HighFive.

 

Lewis is hitting .321 with a .821 slugging percentage, four home runs and seven RBI since his return from that 10-week absence.

 

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“For me it is a matter of doing what all my teammates, staff and family have been telling me, which is stay healthy,” Lewis told reporters after going 3-for-5 with a homer and double Wednesday against the Rockies.

 

“Obviously I know that, so the goal is to keep fighting to be out there every day and have fun with my teammates.”

 

5. Jazz “Bahamian Blur” Chisholm 

All eyes were on Jazz Chisholm Jr. this week after an anonymous player poll by The Athletic rated him as the most overrated player in Major League Baseball.

 

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From being the cover boy for MLB The Show 2023 to being singled out by Marlins veteran players for his pregame outfits and on field style last season, this is not Chisholm’s first rodeo when it comes to his skills being put into question on the national spotlight.

 

He responded with a solid week at the plate, hitting .294 with a home run and two RBI in his last five games.

There is major star power inside of Chisholm, who I believe will be the Marlins’ representative at this year’s All-Star Game.

The problem has been getting him to reach the level of focus needed to obtain that on a nightly basis.

He can play just about every spot defensively on the diamond minus catcher, first and pitcher while having power to all fields on offense but will need to cut his strikeout numbers down tremendously.

This weekend Chisholm and his Marlins visit the Nation’s Capital to face the Nationals.