It may not be the Gold Glove that has eluded Aaron Judge for his New York Yankees career but there is at least some recognition for the right fielder.
Well, at least someone got it right.
The offseason accolades keep racking up for the New York Yankees and Aaron Judge is finally getting in on the fun. After getting snubbed in the Gold Glove race without even a nomination, Judge received his own award for his incredible defense.
On Wednesday, the Yankees Twitter account announced Aaron Judge as the winner of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year in right field.
All Rise for your @wilsonballglove Defensive Player of the Year in Right Field: pic.twitter.com/I0xACNwJNY
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) November 6, 2019
At least Judge is getting some recognition after he was passed over for the Gold Glove. This might be the next best thing for the giant who patrols right field at Yankee Stadium.
After only being recognized for his home runs for quite a few years, he’s finally getting some well-deserved attention for the other part of his game. Judge saved 19 defensive runs this season, tied for most in the league in right field with MVP candidate Cody Bellinger.
However, Judge missed significant time due to injury, which might be exactly why he wasn’t even considered for the Gold Glove award. Playing the field in just 92 games, he had the opportunity to do so much more.
Judge also had seven assists on the season in 775.1 innings in the field.
Judge’s defense was also a huge asset to the Yankees this season, specifically in the postseason. With sparkling play after sparkling play, Aaron Judge helped the Yankees hang tight with the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
Congratulations to Aaron Judge and maybe next year that Gold Glove will find his way to his trophy case in 2020. He’s already showed he’s more than deserving of it. For now, this will have to do.