Aaron Judge named MLB All-Star finalist

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge reacts to striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in New York.
Amanda Paula
Thursday June 22, 2023

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Aaron Judge, the captain of the New York Yankees and the current AL MVP, has been named as one of the finalists for the 2023 MLB All-Star Game.

Last year, Aaron Judge received the highest number of votes, but a recent injury may have impacted his chances of earning the same honor for the second consecutive year.

This season, the leading vote-getter in the American League is Shohei Ohtani.

His numbers in 2022

Aaron Judge playing for Yankees
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During the previous season, the Yankees showcased an impressive lineup with six All-Stars, including Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, both of whom secured starting positions.

However, this year, Aaron Judge stands alone as the sole Yankee with an opportunity to start in the All-Star Game.In his 49 games this season, Aaron Judge has posted numbers similar to his MVP year, boasting a .291 batting average, a .404 on-base percentage, and a 1.078 slugging percentage, along with 19 home runs and 40 RBI.

Prior to colliding with the left field wall at Dodger Stadium in early June, Judge was hitting .320 with five home runs in his last seven games.

What’s next?

New York Yankees' star Aaron Judge watches his two home runs against Angels
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Following Aaron Judge’s successful completion of the first phase of All-Star voting, fans will have the chance to cast their votes for their preferred All-Star players, beginning on Monday, June 26 at 12 p.m. ET and ending on Thursday, June 29 at noon ET.

This season, Judge will face strong competition in the outfield, with players such as Mike Trout, Randy Arozarena, Yordan Alvarez, Kevin Kiermaier, and Adolis Garcia vying for positions.

The 31-year-old outfielder is aiming for his fifth All-Star selection, all of which would be starts, during his six seasons with the Yankees. If Aaron Judge secures a spot through the fan voting process, he will join the ranks of Derek Jeter (9), Dave Winfield (7), and Alex Rodriguez (8) as the fourth Yankees player to achieve this feat.

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