Aaron Judge’s new 9-year contract gives him the chance to join the pantheon of Yankees legends

The New York Yankees and 2022 AL MVP Aaron Judge reportedly agreed to a new, nine-year, $360 million contract.

If Judge stays in the Bronx for the entirety of his new contract, that will put him through the season at 39 – often around (or past) a time when many MLB players retire. The big extension gives the 30-year-old a good chance to join Yankees legends Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter as players who have spent their entire careers in New York.

Each of the five players mentioned above is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. DiMaggio and Mantle both won three AL MVPs, Gehrig won two and Jeter and Rivera didn’t win hardware but there are plenty of other accolades to make up for that.

Judge just won his first AL MVP in full season fridaybut also a four-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger, and 2017 AL Rookie of the Year. native of California have yet to do what each member of the iconic quintet has done multiple times during their game days is to win the World Series title.

“Joltin’ Joe” has won nine titles, Gehrig and Mantle have both taken home seven and Jeter and Rivera have won five together. The second pair won the Fall Classic in 1996 and then three in a row from 1998 to 2000, with a final title in 2009.

Since Judge’s debut in 2016, the Yankees have only made it to the ALCS, losing to the Houston Astros in seven games in 2017, six in 2019 and then four this fall. With a significant increase in the number of Yankees team uniforms are retired and placards appeared in Monument Park, it looks like Judge had a good chance of eventually being awarded both titles. However, to be considered one of the Yankees of all time, winning a World Series ring would have to come next.


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