New York Yankees' slugger Aaron Judge has gotten off to a torrid start in the 2020 Major League Baseball season. Judge currently leads the league with nine home runs, 20 RBIs and a .758 slugging percentage. He is seventh in MLB with a 1.101 OPS.
Judge plays for the biggest and most notable team in baseball, and he is one of the hottest players in the league right now. Is that enough to make him the face of Major League Baseball?
Trey Lyle and I discussed this question on today's episode of the Foul Ball Area podcast, and we disagreed.
Yes, Judge is having a great season, and he has the benefit of playing for the most marketable and recognizable team in the country, but he still falls short of becoming the face of baseball.
That honor belongs to Mike Trout.
We've just all gotten so used to how good Mike Trout is, that we sometimes forget how good he is. Trout is currently one spot behind Judge with a 1.064 OPS. He has seven home runs and14 RBIs on the season.
Trout is the active leader and eighth all-time in OPS, with a career 1.0008 OPS. He's not the flashy, in-your-face celebrity that some other baseball players tend to be, but he doesn't have to be. His consistency and his talent are what keep him as the face of America's pastime.
To hear our full discussion on this topic listen to today's episode of the podcast at the 27:42 mark.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.