Stats prove Yankees fans' angry thoughts about Aaron Judge's strike zone are accurate

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In the NBA, New York fans have Jalen Brunson, slashing to the basket constantly, getting mauled by design, and being ignored by the referees as he lies splayed out on the ground.

In MLB, they have Aaron Judge, who is 6'7", always has been 6'7", and gets treated by home plate umpires as if he's 5'9" and can pluck the low strike off the ground like Ronald Torreyes. It doesn't make sense. It'll never make sense. And, seemingly, for those two superstars, it'll always be this way. This may be the city that never sleeps, but both have earned a little more benefit of the doubt, yet continue to be slept on.

At least, when it comes to watching Brunson get smacked and flail to the ground, unsatisfied ... we're dealing with a judgment call. It's up to the referees to perceive contact, and care enough about Brunson's well-being to afford him the treatment they've given countless others. When it comes to Judge, there's supposed to be very little judgment involved. Only logic. Is it below the zone? It's a ball. Can he physically hit it? He cannot? It's a ball.

And yet ... here we are, begging for robotics to intervene (as long as it isn't those biased Boston Dynamics devil dogs). It's not just perception when it comes to Judge. It's not just fan entitlement, perceiving a problem that isn't there. Judge, since 2017, has faced 121 more called strikes below the strike zone than anyone else in Major League Baseball. And he's the face of the game! Imagine if he was just some random guy?

Yankees superstar Aaron Judge is the Jalen Brunson of getting low strikes called

That's still, somehow, the book on Judge. "Throw it low. Unfathomably low! Lower than you think you need to. The umps can't see straight or get a handle on his height."

Low pitches in general, Judge leads by a mile. What about pitches like last night's offensive offering, which are clearly over the plate but also very clearly below the zone?

Yup. Also leads by a mile. He's been forced to eat 160 of those, 63 more than the next-closest competitor in the "sucking up umpire malfeasance" game.

And yet Judge has never been ejected from a regular-season contest. Boggles the mind. Almost more impressive than the 62 homers.

The Yankees had plenty more go wrong for them Tuesday night beyond this egregious strike call in the early innings, and yes, there is nothing more off-putting than listening to fans from every region realize, on a nightly basis, that the ump is wrong again.

Still, the numbers bear it out: nobody has it worse than Aaron Judge, which is a fun little factoid to go to when some other fan base gets snippy.