Aaron Judge received the American League MVP Award after a history-making season and returned to the New York Yankees within the offseason as he signed a nine-year, $360 million contract extension.
On Monday, Judge appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and opened up about why he determined to return to the Yankees. The San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox have been additionally rumored to have an interest within the slugging outfielder.
Fallon revealed that Anthony Rizzo and the primary baseman’s canine performed a task in Judge returning to the group. Rizzo contacted Judge daily and despatched footage of their canines collectively in an effort to get the outfielder again in pinstripes.
Judge admitted Rizzo performed a “massive half” in his free company resolution. Rizzo opted out of his contract with New York solely to re-sign with the group. Then, the work started on Judge.
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“He went for my coronary heart,” Judge stated of Rizzo. “So, he went for my little Penny.”
Judge was noticed out and about in New York City final month along with his pup simply earlier than he finalized the brand new contract and was named captain of the group.
A four-time All-Star within the Bronx, Judge blasted 220 homers and knocked in 497 RBI with a .284/.394/.583 slash line and .977 OPS in 729 Yankees video games over the previous seven seasons.
He was named the 2022 American League MVP after breaking Roger Maris’ single-season AL home-run file with 62 and was within the Triple Crown dialog till the top of the common season.
Judge led the majors in homers, RBI (131), on-base proportion (.425), slugging proportion (.686), runs (133) and complete bases (391), whereas his 111 walks topped the AL leaderboard. His .311 batting common was the second-best within the AL and simply 5 factors behind the Minnesota Twins’ Luis Arraez.