He was betting that his tools and natural talent would result in an excellent season that enabled him to negotiate a more lucrative contract.
He was betting that the other aspects of his game other than hitting would be positive or impressive enough for teams not to try and reduce his price over them.
And he was betting he could be the team’s most impactful, indispensable player.
Right now, on Monday afternoon, we can say that most, if not all of those situations are working on his favor or making him and his camp look smart for betting on themselves.
On Monday, he hit an eighth-inning single in a scoreless game, then scored from first base on an Anthony Rizzo double.
He showed his wheels in doing so, part of what we mentioned about showcasing his complete set of tools.
— MLB (@MLB) May 9, 2022
A Unique Skillset
For a 6-foot-7 man, Judge is incredibly fast and athletic.
He gave the Yankees the victory with that sprint from first base to home plate.
It’s just another tool by a very impressive player, one that could command nearly $300 million if he keeps this up.
What’s “this”, you may ask?
Well, he is slashing .283/.349/.616 with nine home runs, 18 runs, and 19 RBI.
Speaking of wheels, he also has two stolen bases and has played good outfield defense.
His OPS is an excellent .965, which would be his best mark since the 1.049 he had as a rookie in 2017.
Betting on himself looks to be a savvy decision for Judge and his camp.
In the process, he is helping the Yankees win a lot of games.