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Breaking: Aaron Judge Wins 2022 American League MVP Award

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In what was an anticipated outcome, Aaron Judge has been named the 2022 American League Most Valuable Player.

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Judge, who broke the AL's 61-year-old single-season home run record with 62 blasts this year, earned 28 out of 30 first-place votes. Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani picked up the other two.

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Judge, who finished second in the MVP voting behind Jose Altuve as a rookie in 2017, slashed .311/.425/.686 for the Yankees this season. In addition to hitting 62 homers, he drove in 131 runs, scored 133 and added 16 stolen bases.

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The power-hitting outfielder also led the league in walks with 111 and finished second in the AL in batting average behind Luis Arraez's .316. Had Judge topped Arraez, he would have won the Triple Crown.

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Judge is the first Yankee to win the MVP award since Alex Rodriguez in 2007 and the first Yankee outfielder to take home the trophy since Mickey Mantle in 1962.

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Now a free agent, Judge is expected to break the bank this offseason with a new deal, whether it's from the Yankees or not.