Everyone connected to the New York Yankees organization could breathe a sigh of relief when the news broke that Aaron Judge would be wearing pinstripes for the foreseeable future. The new AL home run king signed a nine-year, $360 million contract with the Yankees after hitting 62 home runs in an MVP season.
All-Star catcher Jose Trevino joined the Yankees just before the beginning of the 2022 season and got to see Judge’s historic season firsthand.
Trevino joined WFAN's Keith McPherson and Sweeny Murti on the Audacy Original Podcast "BXB" and raved about Judge's leadership and how excited he is to call him his captain.
“Honestly, this dude is New York. This dude screams the representation of a New York Yankee,” Trevino said (5:10 in player above). “I know everybody’s talking about it but in no time this dude’s going to have a capital letter on his jersey pretty soon.”
There have also been numerous reports that Judge will become the first Yankees captain since Derek Jeter retired in 2014. That comes as no surprise to Trevino.
“There’s no surprise. He should. He’s earned it. He deserves it. I can’t wait to start calling him cap, man,” Trevino said. “Seriously, this dude is everything you want in a leader, everything you want in someone to represent your team, and if that guy’s leading the charge for us I have full confidence in that.”
Judge is only 30 years old but he’s already hit 220 home runs in 729 games – a full-season average of 49 homers per year. He’ll have plenty of time to add on to those numbers while leading the way for this Yankees team.
Trevino, Judge, and the Yankees will look to build on their 2022 season with most of the lineup returning for 2023 – plus a few prospects in the mix. The Yankees are still reportedly in on Carlos Rodon and could have more moves up their sleeve before Spring Training.
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