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Aaron Judge runs away with the American League MVP

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Aaron Judge was named American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday night, Nov. 17, capping a historic season during which he broke the league’s single-season home run record.

Judge received 28 first-place votes from the panel of 30 Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters, with the other two going to Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels. Judge was able to finish with 410 points. Ohtani had 285 and Yordan Alvarez from the Houston Astros had 232.

Judge, 30, hit his 62nd homer on the second-to-last night of the regular season to surpass Roger Maris’ long-standing AL mark of 61.

Judge, in his seventh season with New York Yankees was also the leader of major leagues in RBIs (131), runs (135), on-base percentage (0.425) and slugging percentage (0.686). With 111 walks, Judge was the AL’s top hitter and second in batting with a.311 average. He didn’t make any errors on the field.

“It’s tough to put to words,” Judge said on MLB Network. “It’s an incredible, incredible moment. It took a lot of hard work over the years to reach this point. Many people are to be credited for my success. I go all the way back to coaches in travel ball, to Little League, high school, college, guys I’ve worked with through the minor leagues, major league. I always feel like any award you get, it’s never an individual award….



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