Judge wins AL MVP after historic slugging season

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Aaron Judge is the American League MVP.

The 30-year-old received 28 1st-place votes to beat out Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani and Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez for the award.

"I was extremely nervous," Judge said about coming into the day. "Both those guys (Alvarez and Ohtani) had incredible years."

Judge, who finished runner-up for the award in 2017, is coming off a historic season in which he broke the AL and New York Yankees single-season home run record with 62. He also led the AL in runs, RBIs, walks, OBP, slugging, OPS, and WAR.

He is the first Yankees player to win the award since Alex Rodriguez in 2007 and first Yankee outfielder since Mickey Mantle in 1962.

"You dream about it as a kid, to be in this moment and share this experience, but you never truly think it's going to happen," Judge said. "It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of love and support from family, friends, and teammates over the year."

Full breakdown of BBWAA voting

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
Judge Yankees 28 2 410
Ohtani Angels 2 28 280
Alvarez Astros 22 8 232

Judge - who rejected a $213.5-million extension offer from the Yankees before the 2022 campaign - is this offseason's top free agent.

Ohtani failed to defend his title despite posting an arguably better season than his 2021 MVP-winning campaign. The two-way star hit 34 homers and posted an .875 OPS at the plate while producing a 2.33 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 219 strikeouts across 166 innings. He finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting.

The two voters that had Ohtani first on their ballots were from the Los Angeles chapter.

Judge wins AL MVP after historic slugging season
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