Judge of course leads all of baseball in home runs and is putting on a show each night for his teammates and the rest of the baseball world.
While Shohei Ohtani is the reigning American League MVP and has put together a strong case to repeat, it likely won’t be nearly enough to stop Judge from winning it this year, and Yankees announcer Michael Kay explains why.
And don’t get me wrong, Ohtani is a one of a kind, generational talent. Might be the best overall player in the world. We might never see what he’s doing again. Doesn’t mean he wins MVP over @TheJudge44 . Remember. Ohtani has not played an important game in two months.
— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) August 30, 2022
Kay correctly pointed out that Ohtani may in fact be the best player in all of baseball right now and that we may never see anybody like him ever again.
But the fact of the matter is that Judge has been on a historic pace home-run-wise.
Night after night, Judge continues to impress with his epic power surge.
If the season ended today, it would be incredibly hard to imagine Judge not being the unanimous choice for the AL MVP Award.
This is the second time in his career that he has hit 50 or more home runs in a season.
He finished with 52 bombs in 2017, when he won Rookie of the Year and helped carry the Yankees to the ALCS.
Judge right now is giving everybody shades of Roger Maris, who hit 61 home runs with the Yankees in 1961.
It’s very possible that Judge could surpass Maris in that regard.
There just seems to be no way to slow him down.
Kay brings up good points about Ohtani, but also sets the record straight on the fact that Judge should be the MVP this season.