All rise for MLB’s reigning Judge: Aaron Judge. Aaron Judge has taken New York and the country by storm by providing the most popular thing in baseball – the long ball.
Originally drafted by Oakland in 2010 and considered a late bloomer, Judge now finds himself amongst the most recognizable athletes in the Big Apple. Over his first three seasons as a Yankee, Judge has accomplished an incredible amount on the field while providing equal entertainment off it.
Here are some of his best quotes about his journey through baseball, some bio vital stats, and some fun facts.
Best Aaron Judge Quotes
“If what you did yesterday still seems big today, then you haven’t done anything today!”
“Once I committed to Fresno, I was solely focused on baseball. All the way through high school, I was playing three sports and just enjoying it; I wasn’t too serious about any of them.”
“I had a lot of fun playing football and basketball, but deep down, the chess match or cat-and-mouse game between the pitcher and batter in baseball really drew me in. It’s a thinking man’s game, and for me, nothing can compare to that.”
“When you get the opportunity like that, getting drafted — especially by Oakland, a California team, pretty close to home — it was tempting. At the time, I just didn’t think I was ready or mature enough mentally or physically to start pro ball.”
“The funny thing is, moments before that pick, I actually almost got up and went to the bathroom. I kind of had an idea of where I was going to go, so I figured I’d go to the bathroom here in the next couple of picks, then come back and hopefully get drafted. Right before I stood up to go to the bathroom, they said, “With the 32nd pick, the Yankees take Aaron Judge.” It took me by surprise.”
“You define great players as guys that are out there grinding, battling every day with their team.”
“To a certain extent, I enjoy failure. It’s part of the game. There’s always room to grow; there’s room to improve.”
“I just take it one day at a time, try to forget about what I did the day before. Go out there like every day is Opening Day.”
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On Playing for the Yankees
“I know I wouldn’t be a New York Yankee if it wasn’t for my mom: the guidance she gave me as a kid growing up, knowing the difference from right and wrong, how to treat people, and how to go the extra mile and put in extra work.”
“To put on the pinstripe – it’s extraordinary. Just being able to play one game with the Yankees is quite an honor.”
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Aaron Judge Bio
Judge has made an impression with the media and fans as being a humble superstar. Find out more about him here.
Aaron Judge Height and Weight
Standing an imposing 6’ 7” and 282 lbs., a Mr. Judge mis-hit can easily land in the home run bleachers. He’s the biggest position player in the majors. Judge’s home run power has even driven comparison to Babe Ruth.
Aaron Judge was born on April 26, 1992, which makes him 27 years old for most of the 2019 baseball season.
Judge’s race is African American and he is biracial.
Wayne and Patty Judge, both teachers in Linden, California, adopted Aaron after he was born.
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Aaron’s brother John is also adopted.
Aaron attended college and played baseball at California State University, Fresno. In the 2013 baseball draft, he was a first-round selection. The Yankees drafted with the 32nd overall selection of the draft.
Where is Aaron Judge From?
He grew up in Linden, California.
What Other Sports Did Aaron Judge Play?
While attending Linden High School, he played baseball, basketball, and football. The three-sport star set a record for touchdowns as a wide receiver, led the basketball team in scoring (18.2 points per game), and was a standout on the baseball team.
Yankee’s Uniform Number
Judge wears the unusual uniform number 99. Traditionally, higher numbers like these are given to rookies who are not anticipated to make the final roster.
Position For Yankees
Judge plays right field for the New York Yankees. He has also played centerfield.
Judge is Christian.
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8 Aaron Judge Fun Facts
1.) At the age of 10, Aaron realized he did not look like his parents and questioned them about the subject. It was at that time they revealed he had been adopted the day after his birth.
2.) Aaron makes sure to call his adoptive parents, Wayne and Patty, every single day. The family also adopted Judge’s older biological brother John
3.) Since 1969, just two Yankees have hit more than 50 homers in a season: Alex Rodriguez in 2007 and Aaron Judge in 2017.
4.) Winner of the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
5.) Judge begins every game with 2 pieces of bubble gum. If he gets a hit, he keeps the gum in; if not, he swaps in two new pieces before each at-bat.
6.) Aaron is joined by only 17 MLB players in all of history to wear the number 99.
7.) Hit four 500+ foot home runs in the 2017 derby.
8.) Holds the second-fastest exit velocity hit of all time at 121.1mph, just behind his Yankees teammate Giancarlo Stanton’s 121.7mph mark. The league average is 86.6mph.
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