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Aaron Judge Proves His Bet Was Right

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To Martin Rogers
FOX Sports Columnist

major league‘s most muscular salaries continue to speed up faster than a blazing fastball, but no player has made $100 million a year.

We’re a far cry from MLB players who actually have contracts that pay them $100 million a year.but what is the difference Aaron Judge Originally offered by the New York Yankees — seven years, $213.5 million — and when he signs his next contract, that figure should be closer to a staggering $100 million.

The judge is supposed to play a very large number of songs, so scientific notation is probably more appropriate (1 x 108, as any flipped ninth grader will tell you) — he Because I gambled.

He stared at the 7-year, $213.5 million offer from the Yankees and said, “No, I’m fine for now.” It was a bet on his own abilities, and even he couldn’t imagine it going so well.

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Hitting 57 homers by mid-September has a lot to offer. In Judge’s case, Roger put him in a position to break the record of 61 dingers for his league and the Yankees for his Maris Americans, which was symmetrically edited 61 years ago.

It also brought him the attention of the baseball world. He should win his AL MVP over Shohei Ohtani, and he could even win the Triple Crown if his average continues to rise. Best of all, if free agency moves around, it’s guaranteed to bring him stratospheric money.

The Yankees are the frontrunners to keep him, but they won’t come cheap. Speaking in New York, he quickly hit the $300 million mark by midsummer. Right now, most forecasts for the Big Apple are around $315 million from his $310 million, beating his previous offer by $100 million, which hardly looks steep.

A wage of $45 million a year is an exorbitant amount by any social standard. But the sport follows its own economic ecosystem, and for a player who is the face of the game’s most famous franchise and, along with Ohtani, baseball itself, it sounds about right.

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The day will come when a contract will be written offering the sensational performer a nine-figure pay packet for his achievements in the diamond. That’s the $45 million the Dodgers were due to pay Trevor Bauer in 2022.

By the time you reach the $100 million annual milestone, it will no longer feel otherworldly. It could be long since an NFL quarterback (or eight) has passed, it could be the standard maximum for an NBA veteran, and the world’s top his footballer will be right around the corner .

Especially relevant right now, except as a reminder that money in sports reflects both actual and implied value, and that few athletes offer as much value as judges. there is no.

What kind of audacity does it take for a player to back himself up in such a fearless way and beat everyone else across the league? It’s not the season to start walking and jump out of the park with your own momentum.

Kyle Schwarber has been wildly enthusiastic in his Philadelphia Phillies campaign and is second in the home run race, but was “only” reaching 37 as of Thursday. Even as the Yankees’ brilliant start ran out of steam, Judge has avoided a slump all season. He can now afford a short one and still drives past Maris.

“Every remaining judge’s at-bat is going to be an event,” wrote Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post. If you’re a fan, it’s impossible not to see every pitch, because every time he swings the bat, there’s something wonderfully spectacular.” “

Aaron Judge does it again!

Aaron Judge does it again!

Aaron Judge smashed one of his two homers Tuesday against Boston.

With the Yankees hosting, records could be dreamily matched or even broken. boston red sox from Thursday to Sunday of the following week.

Sports are trend driven and athletes are hardwired to believe in themselves. Will the judge’s example convince others to take financial risks of similar magnitude in the hope of even greater rewards? Don’t bet on it.

Players are thought to be worse, not better, at the judge’s age (30), and the sport has a large individual (he is 6’7″) who can suffer from injury problems. There is some anecdotal evidence of high.

There are no indications of that so far, and Judge increasingly feels like an outlier, only to be compared to his own previous performances, not anyone else’s.

The clubbing swing man will be coveted by any baseball team this offseason. Shortly after homers 56 and 57, a Boston reporter this week asked Red if he was considering a move to the Sox. He punted the question, as he has for most of this year.

“I don’t mind being a free agent,” Judge told reporters earlier in the season.

The Yankees may feel like they have pole position in the Signs Stakes, but only the Yankees have something to lose. Any other franchise could swing the fence with Judge’s offer, and if they got him, it would be an almighty coup.

For the Yankees, seeing a player already etched when a franchise legend leaves would be a devastating blow.

This is why they make sure they do everything they can, why the numbers are so high, and why the judges have about $100 million worth of value added leverage in their pockets.

Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports and author of the FOX Sports Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter. @MLogersFOX When Subscribe to our daily newsletter.

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