Aaron Judge’s contract history is like chewing gum in your sneaker ridges. It’s not going away anytime soon.
Here in this corner of 3Up, I thought I’d give you a handy guide to refer to when the season comes to an end. These are the questions that will remain relevant until the referee approves his next contract (regardless of which team):
1. Is baseball really dead? If so, Advantage Judge. As of Wednesday, home runs were being hit at the lowest rate since 2014. In April, home runs were hit once every 40.9 plate appearances. Once upon a time every 35.4 performances in May. Perhaps warmer weather, or more familiarity with the ball, or some other factor will keep home runs ticking higher all season.
But if homers in general aren’t going to be as prevalent as, say, 2019-20 when the ball probably should have been tested for steroids, then players who can still homer in this forum are even more valuable. The Yankees have at least two of those in Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. What’s rare is valuable, and teams pay (many) for valuables.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/20/aaron-judge-yankees-contract-standoff-3-key-questions/ Contract dispute between Aaron Judge and Yankees: 3 key questions