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Aaron Judge named American League MVP

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  • Kyle Evans 

For the first time in his career, Aaron Judge has been named the 2022 American League Most Valuable Player, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

Judge, who received 28 of 30 first-place votes, won the award over Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani and Houston Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez.  

The 30-year-old put together a historic season with the Yankees, setting an American League single-season record with 62 home runs while batting .311/.425/.686 in 157 games.

Judge led the Majors in homers, runs (133), RBIs (131), slugging percentage, on-base percentage, OPS+ (211), and total bases (391), finishing five batting average points shy of catching Minnesota Twins’ first baseman Luis Arraez (.316) for a Triple Crown.

The star outfielder is the second player in Yankees history to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards, joining Thurman Munson.