Recall that before the start of the 2022 MLB season, $ 213.5 million for a seven-year contract was not enough to convince Judge Aaron extend his stay Yankees. However, the bet Judge made on himself paid off as he had a historic season on offense. In addition to breaking the record for most home runs (62) in the American League in a single season, the right fielder is the favorite to win the Youth Tour MVP award.
While the top candidates to sign Judge in free agency remain the Yankees, teams like the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are emerging as serious contenders. That’s why a legendary former first baseman and outfielder who shone with the Bronx Bombers in the 1980s and 1990s messaged the lanky slugger saying advise to stay in New York.
“I sincerely hope Aaron (judge) stays with the Yankees,” said the former Mules player and current MLB manager. Don Mattingley to Bob Kaplisch of NJ Advance Media. “I know his numbers are crazy, a lot of teams are interested. But if I was him, I’d like to have a chance to win. And the Yankees can give it to him every year.
If anyone knows how difficult it is to deal with a Bombers crowd, it’s Mattingly, who wore the stripes his entire major league career, from 1982 to 1995. So he believes Judge has the courage to handle the pressure exerted by the fans in the stands of Yankee Stadium, in reference to the boos heard during the last playoffs before the elimination of New York against the Astros, in the Championship Series.
“The thing about playing in New York is it’s great but it’s tough. The blessing is also the curse. But it’s the toughness that makes you better. Aaron is tough. People at who I talk to and who know him say it’s what they advertise: a great player, tough, he understands his role. A great guy.” Convicted the former leader of the Dodgers and Marlins.