April 26, 1992 (31)
Aaron Judge is an esteemed American professional baseball player who made his name in the sport as a right fielder for the New York Yankees, a Major League Baseball (MLB) team. Known for his colossal size and powerful hits, Judge has swiftly distinguished himself as a significant figure in contemporary basebal.
Judge’s career started making waves with his breakout performance in the 2017 season. In his rookie year, he hit 52 home runs, setting a new MLB record for rookies and earning him the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year title. He also won the Home Run Derby that year, becoming the first rookie to win outright. His remarkable power at the plate has earned him a reputation as one of the most fearsome hitters in the game. Beyond his debut, his significant contributions have consistently bolstered the Yankees.
Throughout his career, Judge has had the opportunity to share the field with a myriad of notable figures in the baseball world. He played alongside seasoned veteran CC Sabathia, and under the tutelage of manager Aaron Boone, contributing to the Yankees’ continued success. Other important collaborative relationships include his Yankee teammates Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner, and Gary Sanchez, as well as counterparts from other teams such as Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, and José Altuve during All-Star Games. Off the field, Judge has also developed meaningful relationships with sports figures such as Derek Jeter, who serves as an influential mentor, and with sports broadcaster Michael Kay, who has frequently highlighted Judge’s performances.
Aaron Judge’s remarkable abilities have not gone unnoticed; his career has been punctuated by several noteworthy distinctions. In his rookie season, he was named an All-Star and received both the Silver Slugger Award and the AL Rookie of the Year award. Judge’s performance in the 2017 season also made him a finalist for the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. In 2018, his leadership skills were recognized when he was appointed as one of the team’s captains.