OHTANI & VLADDY HAVE THE SONGS BUT THE IMPACT OF AARON JUDGE WAS UNBELIEVABLE
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Shohei Ohtani had a season that no one in MLB has seen since Babe Ruth played for the Boston Red Sox in the early 1900s and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came close to a Triple Crown after a great year. Both deserve to be and are the MVP front-runners, but Aaron Judge was a leader for the New York Yankees, beating the Blue Jays and the Mariners for the last AL Wild Card spot on the final day of the season.
Aaron Judge posted the best numbers of his career since his 2017 ROY campaign, in which he scored 52 HR and 114 RBI, while finishing second in the AL MVP voting. This year, the Yankees needed all the help they could get from Judge as they were fourth in the AL East during the All-Star break in July. In the second half of the season, Judge made a huge comeback for his team.
The Yankees took second place in the AL East for much of September before finishing the year with a Wild Card spot, battling in the toughest division in the MLB. He helped the Yankees fend off Toronto and Seattle toward the end of the season, finishing in the top 5 in the AL in HR, OBP, SLG, and OPS. Judge was an elite player all season and despite great seasons from Ohtani and Guerrero Jr. he deserves to be in the AL MVP conversation for his consistent clutch contributions.