If there’s anyone in baseball who knows what it’s like to be a superstar, it’s Mike Trout.
And he thinks Aaron Judge is a superstar.
The New York Yankees slugger is putting together one of the best offensive seasons we’ve seen, smacking 60 home runs through Tuesday’s action. Judge's batting average (.316) and RBIs currently have him in position for the American League Triple Crown -- an honor only Miguel Cabrera (2012) has achieved since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
Appearing on the “Baseball Tonight” podcast, the Los Angeles Angels star shared what has stood out to him about Judge’s incredible campaign.
"I just think he’s hitting the ball to all fields," Trout said. "He’s on every pitch you throw him. When we faced him in Anaheim, anything you threw to him – you were throwing him in, he was pulling it, and then you threw up and away and they’re in the seats in right-center. Just the plate coverage, obviously he’s a big guy, but I’m happy for him. The way he’s transitioned to the player he is, he’s a superstar for sure."
All the more impressive is the fact that this monster year is coming after he turned down a lucrative, long-term extension offer from the Yankees before the season.
He opted to bet on himself, a gamble that certainly is paying off.
“To (perform) consistently like that, obviously playing in New York definitely adds a little factor to that. But just the consistency, staying healthy and just performing like that. It seems like every day he’s getting a homer or getting two hits,” Trout said. “It’s fun to watch, it’s good for baseball. And you know, he bet on himself. That’s even more – obviously turning down that contract and seeing him go out there and put up these numbers, it’s impressive.”
Judge will hit free agency this offseason, at which point he'll get to see how much his superstar performance in 2022 boosted his earning potential.