|Full Name||Aaron James Judge|
|Nickname (s)||All Rise|
|Profession (s)||Professional Baseball Player|
Physical Stats and More
|in centimeters: 201 cm|
|in meters: 2.01 m|
|in feet inches: 6 ft 7 in|
|in kilogram: 128 kg|
|in pounds: 282 lbs.|
|Date of Birth||Apr 26, 1992|
|Day of Birth||Sunday|
|Place of Birth||Linden, California, USA|
|Sexual Orientation||Not Known|
|Father||Wayne Judge (Foster)|
|Mother||Patty Judge (Foster)|
|Brother||John Judge (Step)|
|Education (High School)||Linden High School|
|University California State University, Fresno|
|MLB Statistics through
April 20, 2019
|Awards and Honours||
|Total worth||$10 Million|
|Aaron Judge Quotes||My dad told me, ‘If you’re going to go out there and play baseball, or you’re going to play basketball or football, work hard at it no matter what. I want you to have fun with your buddies, but you have to put in the time because this is your craft.’ He didn’t just want me to be good. He pushed me to that next level.|
Lesser Known Facts about Aaron Judge
- Aaron James Judge is a professional American baseball player. He plays for the New York Yankees of the major league baseball.
- Judge was actually an adopted child. He was fortunate as he was adopted one day after he was born by Patty and Wayne Judge. They both used to work as teachers in Linden, California.
- Judge came to know that he was adopted at the age of 10. His parents only told him. He later said that he knew he did not look like them. Aaron has an elder brother too. His name is John and he too is adopted.
- Judge is actually an African American. While Judge was growing up, he was a huge San Francisco Giants fan.
- Judge studied in the Linden High School and he was almost a three sports star there. He used to play as a pitcher and a first baseman for the school’s baseball team. Apart from that, he was also a wide receiver for the football team. He also played as a center in the basketball team. It was clear and evident from the start that Judge loved to play sports and wanted to excel in that only.
- He also went on to set a school record for 17 touchdowns in football. He also led the basketball team in points per game. For baseball, he was part of the school team when the team made the California Interscholastic Federation Division III playoffs.
- A lot of colleges recognized Judge’s talent and wanted to recruit him for playing football for their team. Some of the colleges included Notre Dame, UCLA, and Stanford. Although, he preferred baseball more than football.
- He was equally good at baseball and thus, was selected for the same. Oakland Athletics selected him for the 31st round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. However, Judge had some separate preferences and thus, he decided to enroll at California State University, Fresno. He played for the Fresno State bulldog’s baseball team. He played for the team in the Western Athletic Conference. He went on to win the WAC tournament and was also qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.
- Louisville Slugger who makes the famous Kentucky baseball bat said that Judge was a freshman all-American. He also went on to win the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.
- From his junior year only, Judge started leading the team of Bulldogs in home runs, run batted and doubles in RBIs.
- In the 2013 Major league baseball draft, the Yankees took Judge in their first round. Judge was the 32nd selection overall. The team was actually compensating Nick Swisher with Aaron Judge as they lost him to free agency.
- Judge took the opportunity and signed with the Yankees. He received an amount of $1.8 million as a signing bonus. Although, he was injured as he tore his quadriceps femoris muscle while taking part in a baseball running drill. Thus, he was not able to join the 2013 baseball season.
- In the end, he made his professional debut with the Charleston River dogs. They were from the class a south Atlantic league. He joined and played with them in 2014. At that point of time, he had a .333 batting average. He was actually 6th in the league in his debut year only. His on-base percentage was .428 and slugging base percentage was .530. He went on to hit 9 home runs with 45 RBIs in 65 games for Charleston.
- In that same season, the Yankees also promoted him to the Tampa Yankees of the class A-advanced Florida state league. In that season, his hit was .283 with a .411 OBP which made him second in the league. He further had an SLG of .422 and eight home runs with 33 RBIs in 66 games for Tampa.
- After such a solid performance, the Yankees invited Judge for a spring training session with them as a non-roster player. This happened in the spring of 2015. Aaron began his 2015 season with Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder was of the Class AA Eastern League. In that league, Judge was 5th in the league with 12 home runs in 63 different games for Trenton with a percentage of .284/.350/.510.
- The Yankees were clearly very happy with Aaron and so, they promoted him Scranton Wikes-Barre Rail riders of the Class AAA International League in the month of June. Yankees also chose him to represent them at the 2015 All-Star Futures game. Judge batted with full energy which led to a score of .270/.366/.489 which also included a total of 19 home runs. This gave him the position of 4th in the league with 62 runs and 65 RBIs.
- However, the Yankees decided to not include Judge for their September call-ups.
- Judge made his MLB debut in 2016 on the 13th of August. He started as the right field against the Tampa Bay Rays. Judge hit a home run in his first and second match both. With this, he became the second Yankees player to hit a home run in his second match after Joe Lefebvre. Joe did the same thing in his MLA debut and he was a Yankees player too.
- Judge’s debut season for MLA was equally phenomenal as he batted .179 and struck 42 times in 84 at-bats.
- In 2017, the Yankees named Judge their right fielder against the Tampa Bay Rays. He played his first multi-home run game on the 28th of April against the Baltimore Orioles. He helped the Yankees win with a score of 14-11 from a deficit of 9-1.
- One of the home runs that Judge scored in that game had a measured exit velocity of around 119.4 miles per hour. It was the fastest exit velocity for a home run. It was measured by the Statcast since 2015.
- In the month of April 2017, he ended the month with almost 10 home runs. He tied this rookie record with Jose Abreu and Trevor Story. He was also named the American League’s Rookie of the month for the month of April. In the same month, he had a batting average of .303, 20 RBIs, 10 home runs and a .411 OBP. This was all measured between 22 different games which Judge played in one month alone.
- The Yankees appreciated Judge’s gameplay and introduced a cheering section in their right field seats of the Yankee’s stadium. It was launched on May 22nd and it was known as the “Judge’s Chambers”. There were three rows in the chamber and in section 104 and they contained 18 seats.
- The fans were chosen by the team and were placed on the chambers accordingly. They were supposed to wear black robes, wigs and foam gavels so that they would stand out in the crowd.
- Judge managed to hit his career grand slam against the Oakland Athletics on May 28th, 2017. Aaron was again named Al Rookie of the month for May. In the month of May, he had a batting average of .347, 17 RBIs with 7 home runs. The same month he had a .441 OBP in between 26 games.
- Judge again made a record on June 10th, 2017 as he hit a ball which had an exit velocity of 12.1 miles per hour. This was a new record set by him which was again measured by Statcast. That same day judge went for 4 with two home runs. One of the home runs traveled for almost 495 feet which again was the longest in the MLB season of 2017.
- Judge was also named as the AL player of the week on June 12th, 2017. His that week surely ended with a bang as he was leading in the AL in all the three Triple crown categories. He was again named the AL player of the month for June as well. His batting in the same month was for .337 with 25 RBIs and 10 home runs. He also had a .481 OBP.
- Aaron’s performance in June was magnificent and thus, it also gave him the third consecutive title of the AL Rookie of the month award. This was the longest streak since 2012 when Mike Trout, who won 4 in a row.
- Aaron also had a 32 game on-base streak which included reaching base in every game of June.
- Judge was also voted as the starting outfielder to the 2017 MLB All-star game. He received 4,488,702 votes for the same. This was the highest number of votes any player of AL ever got.
- Judge went on to broke on more record on July 7th of 2017. He broke Joe DiMaggio’s record for scoring the highest number of home runs in a Yankee’s rookie season. He went on to become the second rookie for hitting 30 home runs before the All-star break after Mark McGwire. Mark had made this record way back in 1987. After that, Alex Rodriguez did it in 2007 and finally, Judge became the first Yankee to do it in 2017.
- Also, before the All-star break, Judge hit at a score of .329 with 30 home runs and 66 RBIs.
- Aaron Judge also won the 2017 Home run derby against the Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano. He became the first rookie to have won the Derby outright with a score of 11-10 in the final round.
- Rob Manfred who was the commissioner of the MLB was very impressed with Aaron Judge and his performance. He also said that Judge can actually become the sole face of the game.
- 2017 proved as a great year in Aaron’s professional life as he went on to score a home run with great exit velocity. On July 21, he hit a home run that actually went out of the stadium at Safeco Field. The ball was hit very hard and thus, the Stat cast was unable to even measure its velocity.
- On July 27th, Judge was injured as he lost a portion of his left tooth during a celebration circle. The celebration was carried out because of Bret Gardner who had hit a walk-off home run.
- In the next game, Judge managed to hit the 33rd home run of the season. However, he hit a total of 37 home runs in that particular season. Furthermore, on August 16th, Judge managed to hit a 457 foot home run at Citi Field which reached the third deck but also struck out in the game. With this shot, Judge managed to 33 consecutive games with a strikeout. Thus, he broke Adam Dunn’s record with this and got in the running for a position player.
- In 2018, Judge started on a different note. He made his first career start as a center fielder in the majors. He also went on to become the tallest and heaviest player in the history of baseball to play at this position. He was of 282 pounds with a height of 6 inches 7 feet.
- On the 16th of April 2018, Judge also became the fastest player in the history of MLB to reach 60 home runs in 197 different games.
- Judge also earned the Platinum Sombrero on June 5th, 2018. However, he also struck out eight times in nine at-bats over the course of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. He again set a record for this by becoming the first MLB player to record eight strikeouts in a doubleheader.
- June 20th, 2018 saw another record from Judge. He became the fastest player of all time to hit 50 home runs at home. This was another milestone which was achieved by Judge and thus, it beat the record which was set by a player called Bob Horner. He did it in 138 games with the Atlanta Braves while Judge did it in 134 games with the Yankees.
- He was also named as a starting outfielder for the 2018 Major League Baseball All-star game with the batting of .277 and 58 RBIs. He scored 25 home runs for the same.
- Judge started the 2019 season with a great performance as well. He started off with a .288 batting average, 11 RBIs and 5 home runs in 20 games that he played. On April 20th, 2019, Judge suffered from an oblique strain while hitting a single in the sixth innings against the Kansas City Royals. After that, he was placed on the IL without an intimation of when he will be back to play.
- Judge is a phenomenal player and he has some rituals of his own before starting any game. It is said that he tosses 40 sunflower seeds in a rhythm before each game at the Yankee stadium. He also recites a prayer after the same which is unknown to all.
- Judge has signed a lot of different endorsement deals with brands which include Adidas, Pepsi and Under Armour. He was also seen at the popular TV show called the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in 2015.