When Silver is Gold: Aaron Judge Snags First Career Silver Slugger Award
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 20: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run against Brad Peacock #41 of the Houston Astros during the eighth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It may not be gold but it’s definitely silver. New York Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge snags a Silver Slugger Award this evening.

If he hasn’t started clearing out his trophy case, he better start now. Announced this afternoon by MLB, Aaron Judge is the winner of the American League Silver Slugger Award for the right field position.

I mean, we all knew it. The New York Yankees knew it. Heck, even Aaron Judge probably knew it. Still, it’s his first major award and it’s still exciting.

We all know that Aaron Judge punished baseballs thrown right in his wheelhouse by slugging 52 home runs. However, he ranked first in the American League in runs scored (128), runs created (149), walks (127) and times on base (286) according to Baseball Reference.

While he also led the league in strikeouts with a whopping 208, he made up for it by mashing home runs, driving in runners on base and leading his team to the playoffs for the first time since a one-game stint in 2015.

Judge is marks the first Yankee since 2015 to win a Silver Slugger award for his position. The last was catcher and World Series champ Brian McCann.

We know how incredible it’s been to watch Aaron Judge. Now he has a piece of hardware to add to the collection that will likely be growing by the week.

Silver Slugger today. AL Rookie of the Year likely this week. AL MVP soon enough. How about World Series champion, Judge?

Allison is just a girl with an enormous passion for the game of baseball and the written word. Based in Upstate New York, her life-long relationship with the New York Yankees is something that she developed through close relationships with her mother and grandfather. An aspiring sports writer, she graduated with a journalism degree and is finding places to share her excitement about the sporting world and how it affects us all.