The San Francisco Giants are reportedly contenders for landing slugger Aaron Judge in his free agency, but some don’t believe it’s a good move.
Several teams understandably want slugger Aaron Judge on their roster for the 2023 season, and the San Francisco Giants are reportedly “on a mission” to steal him from the New York Yankees. Though most would be thrilled to see Judge on their team, former Giants third-base coach and Tim Flannery seems to feel quite the opposite.
Flannery Tweeted, “Congrats to the Yankees who struck out 50 times in 4 games. Tell me again how analytics work? It’s all a hoax, and fake boring baseball.”
The Yankees did have a difficult time in the postseason and Judge slipped up quite a bit. The Yankees were struck out the second-most times (103) among all postseason teams, and Judge struck out the second-most on the Yankees during the postseason. However, that shouldn’t discount everything he accomplished during the regular season.
Aaron Judge struggles in Yankees postseason shouldn’t worry Giants, free agency suitors
Flannery’s connection with the Giants, a team expected to be heavily interested in Judge in free agency, could make some fans worry about this line of thinking. But the truth of the matter is that the hard-slugging outfielder gave everyone a much larger sample size of what he provides to a lineup during the 162-game season rather than the postseason.
Judge was chasing a triple crown during the regular season and though he didn’t earn one, he didn’t fall too far behind. He had a historic regular season, one that not many would even dream of coming close to.
He broke a 61-year-old AL single-season home run record, hitting 62 homers by the end of the season. He also led the league in several hitting stats, including runs (133), homers (62), total bases (391), on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.686), OPS (1.111) and WAR (10.6). He tied Pete Alonso for most RBIs (131). He was elite talent during the regular season, but the postseason didn’t showcase that, unfortunately.
At the end of the day, consistency over 157 games is much more telling than lack of it over nine games. Even with Flannery’s Giants connection, this shouldn’t be something that the front office in San Francisco is taking into account as they mull their options in free agency and likely make a push for Judge.