Aaron Judge of the Yankees is a better baseball player than Pete Alonso of the Mets. Both are good! Judge is better.
Sorry to get all “controversial” on you on a Summer afternoon, but I have a bit of late-breaking news for New York Mets fans. The iconic, hulking Yankees right fielder who’s somehow also one of the best defensive players in baseball is better than the brawny first baseman who broke his rookie record with the help of the superball in 2019.
This is not a diss track. It’s just…factual. I challenge a Mets fan to write this piece in the opposite direction.
NOTE: Please don’t “The Best Ability is Availability” me — it’s simply not true. Stephen Drew is “available” right now. You want him?
3. Aaron Judge’s Arm
Aaron Judge’s exemplary arm separates him from Pete Alonso.
Aaron Judge separates himself from your average ballplayer in so many ways, but it must be noted that his arm is a certified weapon that completely changes this conversation.
Ranked the third-best outfield arm in the game by The Athletic in 2019, Judge saved eight runs with his rocket in ’18, and allowed only a 39% advance rate on base hits to right, the best in the game over the course of his career (league average is 49%).
Judge can pick it, sure, but in the late innings, when every base counts, his hose is undeniably impactful.
It’s not Pete Alonso’s fault that he plays first base and not right field. But Judge innovates on the position with his natural ability, and Alonso merely caretakes.