Aaron Judge named AP Male Athlete of the Year for record year

The honors simply maintain rolling in for Aaron Judge.

The new AL dwelling run king, AL Most Valuable Player and recipient of a nine-year $360 million contract with the Yankees, Judge was named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year on Friday. 

The slugging outfielder narrowly gained the vote of 40 sports activities writers and editors round the nation, edging out Angels two-way star and final year’s winner Shohei Ohtani and Warriors famous person Stephen Curry.

New York Yankees Aaron Judge #99, is greeted by teammates after hitting a homerun
Aaron Judge’s record-breaking 2022 season continues to earn him awards and honors.
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

“Wow. That’s incredible,” Judge instructed the AP. “All these other great athletes that not only impacted the game and their sport, but also impacted their communities and the culture in the sports world and outside the sports world. So getting a chance to be amongst that list is an incredible honor.”

The final Yankee to win the award was Ron Guidry in 1978, with Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio amongst the different previous recipients. Maris gained the award in 1961 after setting the AL record with 61 dwelling runs, which Judge surpassed in 2022 by hitting 62.

The historic season got here after Judge turned down a seven-year, $213.5 million extension provide forward of Opening Day. He went on to captivate the sport along with his dwelling run chase whereas additionally making a run at the Triple Crown, batting .311 with 62 dwelling runs and 131 RBIs along with a 1.111 OPS. The reward was a nine-year, $360 million deal to stay in pinstripes, which additionally got here with the Yankees naming Judge the sixteenth captain in franchise historical past.

Judge additionally beat out Ohtani for the AL MVP, choosing up 28 of 30 first-place votes to grow to be the first Yankee to win the award since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

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