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BBB Debates: Aaron Judge in the Leadoff spot

With Opening Day just six days away at this point, the Yankees 25-man roster is coming clearer into focus.  What may not be clear, just yet, is the batting order that Aaron Boone will roll out next Thursday when the Yankees take the field against J.A. Happ and the rival Toronto Blue Jays. Today, Boone may have peeled back the curtain a bit into what exactly he might be planning.

In a few minutes, the Yankees will take the field against the Boston Red Sox in one of their final games of the 2018 Spring Training season (TV: YES, ESPN).  You may have noticed already, but Boone is batting 2017 American League MVP Runner-Up and 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge in the leadoff spot today versus Boston left-hander Brian Johnson. Yankees vs. Red Sox today at 1:05pm on @YESNetwork and ESPN pic.twitter.com/oOJIADjqcH — Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 23, 2018

Said Yankee manager Aaron Boone on if this would be a recurring theme throughout the season?: “I have thought about it…

Aaron Judge named American League Rookie of the Month for May

For the second month in a row, Aaron Judge has been named the American League Rookie of the Month. The 25-year old phenom had a tremendous May, slashing .347/.441/.642 with seven home runs, 17 RBI, and 17 runs scored. The Yankees haven't had a Rookie of the Year since Derek Jeter in 1996, but early on, 2017 looks like the year to change that.

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For Aaron Judge, he has accomplished something that's never been done in Yankees history. With his May award, he becomes the only Bomber to win the Rookie of the Month award twice in a season. He also becomes the first Yankee to win a monthly award consecutively since Don Mattingly was named AL Player of the Month late in the 1985 season.

Judge has become must-watch TV every time he steps to the plate. While he continues to demolish baseballs this season, he has also shown a propensity for taking pitches and earning walks. Judge looks nothing like the strikeout machine of last year who seemed lost at times.

This vast improvement has not been overlooked by the fans. In Wednesday’s first All-Star Game ballot update, Judge found himself sitting in a starting outfield spot. He was also the second highest vote-getter in the American League, behind only Mike Trout, who is currently on the disabled list. Given the injury, the Yankees’ right fielder could very well end up getting the most votes in the AL.

Trout’s injury is significant for another reason as well. With Judge continuing to impress, he has been seen as a dark horse to win the Most Valuable Player Award. If Mike Trout misses extended time, Aaron Judge could very well vault himself into the front runner. He would be the first Yankee to win the MVP since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Coming into this season, many questioned whether Aaron Judge would even make the 25-man roster for the Yankees. Two months in, the rookie has proven that he belongs, looking like one of the best players in the game.

Article by: Dan DeGregorio