Aaron Judge didn’t really get much to hit last night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
While he and the New York Yankees officially wrapped things up in the American League East and secured their first division title since 2019, it wasn’t a very exciting game for the MVP candidate.
After lining out in the first inning, Judge walked in each of his final four plate appearances.
In doing so, he matched a Yankees legend in Mickey Mantle.
Judge was the only Yankee last night to draw any walks.
The last time that happened was August 13 of 1958, when Mantle walked four times and nobody else did at all.
Walks by Aaron Judge last night: 4
Walks by all other Yankees: 0
Last game where any Yankee walked 4+ times and everyone else walked zero times:
Aug. 13, 1958!
(Mickey Mantle 4 BB, everyone else 0)
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) September 28, 2022
Judge And His Walks
For fans wanting to see history, this could be disappointing.
Walks are good for hitters, as it means that they get on base and improve their on-base percentage.
But fans want to see home runs.
So naturally, they’re going to be a little disappointed when they don’t see home runs, especially with Judge hitting them at the pace that he’s been hitting them.
It’s actually been over a week since Judge even hit a home run.
That came against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday of last week.
Since then, it’s just been hits and walks for Judge, which makes last night’s results frustrating for those wanting to see him hit more home runs.
He’s got 60 on the year and is hitting .314 with 128 RBI and a 1.118 OPS in 548 at bats.
His lineout in the first inning last night was the only plate appearance that counted as an at-bat, as walks do not count as such.
At least he’s showing patience at the plate.
Walks are better than strikeouts.