Aaron Judge’s MVP Case: Superior Performance to Save the Yankees’ Season

by Jake Mintz
FOX Sports MLB Writer

Let’s get one thing straight: there won’t be Shuhei Ohtani Tossing inside these virtual pages.

Even relatively insignificant discussions like the MLS Player of the Year race deserve a few nuances. There is a lot of absurdity involved in any discussion of MVPs, but the most unfortunate side effect of this annual circus is how the conversation usually ends with the downplaying of great seasons. You won’t find it here.

Ohtani is in the midst of another great campaign, once again achieving feats never accomplished before. He deserves praise, accolades, and a real contract with a working baseball team for his performance. While a vote for a judge is essentially a vote against Ohtani, the judge’s argument need not be an argument against Ohtani. The estate is yours, Shuhei. Well done, chap. 34 Homers and 2.55 ERA is a good general business.

still, Aaron Judge is MVP.

In 2021, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He had a typical season at MVP level but lost the award to Ohtani because of Ohtani Ohtani-ed. And while Ohtani has Ohtani again, Judge’s 2022 isn’t a typical MVP season: it’s a historic season, one of the greatest offensive displays in baseball history.

Judge’s offensive performance this year — 57 home runs, 0.310 batting average, 1.102 OPS, 16 steals (every Friday, September 16) — is light-years better than anyone else in baseball. Possessing 37 times, Kyle Schwarber is the second-most in baseball. He lags behind the judge by 20. Freddy Freeman It was exceptional for Dodgersand has 20 home runs.

This 20-meter gap between captain and runner-up on the on-field leaderboard is the largest in baseball history for a season that Babe Ruth hasn’t played.

Ruth, whose shooting feats are often mentioned in reference to Ohtani, happened to be the first human to realize that swinging hard and hitting the ball in the air was the step until Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx came along, and no one else in the league or on the planet could To match Roth’s new radical strategy.

In 2022, we more or less know what works. Modern science, technology, and decades of baseball have proven that home workouts are really good. Millions of dollars and hours have been spent trying to get some of the world’s best athletes to hit the ball in the air with gusto. At least half of the league thinks of “the long ball” when they step onto the plate. But no one can do it like a judge. At least this year.

Aaron Judge chases immortality in pursuit of a one-season HR record for the Yankees

Ben Verlander welcomes Disha Thoussar to talk about Aaron Judges pursuit of the New York Yankees record in the solo season and the general atmosphere in the Bronx

OPS+ does a great job of comparing players across generations, because it’s tied to the league’s standards and conditions. Since Ruth, only nine players have posted OPS+ over 200 in an entire season. Ted Williams and Barry Bonds have done it six times, Mickey Mantle has done it three times and George Brett, Mark McGuire, Norm Cash, Sami Sosa, Stan Musical and Willie McCuvey once. And now Aaron Judge. Having an OPS+ above 200 means you were twice as good, by OPS, as the average hitter in baseball. 208 OPS + for Judge is exactly double Jaleber Torres104 OPS +.

And if Aaron Judge grabbed 60 whatever in 2015 bruer Or any other unrelated team, it would still be a pretty cool feat. But he posted the most dominant home season since Ruth while carrying frail and weak Yankees Being insulted by all the stress that comes from playing in the Bronx, with all the hoopla of free agency hanging over his head, is really cool.

The MVP Ballot clearly states that “MVP does not have to come from a divisional winner or from another playoff playoff.” Otani should not be punished for the sins of his owner and his substandard teammates. It’s not his fault that he’s never played a single meaningful baseball game on American soil. But when things are so close, circumstances matter.

From August 2 to September 3, the Yankees went 9-20, scoring an average of 3.29 points per game. Over that period, the unnamed Yankees Aaron Judge averaged .204, .266 on percentage basis and .304 lag, which is good for a .570 microscopic examination of the OPS team. During the same round of games, the judge threw a .282/.454/.608 streak with 1,063 OPS, which, for each weighted run created, contributed to about a third of his team’s runs. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also started at center position in 11 of those games.

In the same situation, with the same level of massive pressure, Shuhei might have been fine. But this is a guessing game. The fact of the matter is that the judge was good, he did those things, we saw. For a month, he kept the world’s most famous baseball team afloat, steering them away from what would have been the worst regular season meltdown in baseball history.

The ballot given to BBWAA members who vote for MVP is laughably ambiguous about the criteria. “There is no clear definition of what Most Valuable means,” she says, “It is up to the individual voter to decide who was the most valuable player in each league to their team.” Some strange things out of the eye of the beholder, live your truth out there, but sure, I’ll keep playing.

Determining value is a difficult process. You can’t just rank everyone’s war and vote for the best dog (although if you did, the judge would be the guy). Unpacking the definition of the word “value” is an equally reductive and frustrating process. For me – and remember, it’s about me, the ballot just said that – the best player should go to the player whose solo performance deserves to be celebrated and remembered, above all, for generations to come.

From his dramatic opening-day decision to reject the Yankees’ extension offer to ever-growing Tyre, the judge and his accomplishments defined this baseball calendar, whether or not he surpassed Roger Maris’ MLS record of 61. It’s the story, the focus, and the best player.

Without a fault from Shohei Ohtani, 2022 was Aaron Judge’s season.

Jake Mintz, the top half of @CespedesBBQ, He is a baseball writer for FOX Sports. He is a fan of Orioles and lives in New York City, and as such leads a secluded life in most October residents. If he’s not watching baseball, he’s almost certainly riding his bike. Follow him on Twitter @Jake Mintz.


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