Aaron Judge not only sits atop the MLB home run leaders, but physically stands above his competition. Judge is 6’7″ and 282 pounds appearing more like an NBA forward than a typical baseball player.
It should come as no surprise Judge was a standout football and basketball player at Linden High School, before fully committing to baseball. According to SB Nation, Judge was recruited by college football powers like Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA.
He approached the Fresno State baseball coaches about continuing to play football, but the coaches were not willing to allow Judge to play multiple sports.
Judge made the decision to stick with baseball, and explained to The Washington Post baseball was always his first love.
“I fell in love with baseball at an early age. If I had to choose one, it was always going to be baseball,” Judge told The Washington Post.
To put Judge’s size in perspective, let’s take a look at some of the stars across other professional sports. LeBron James is 6’8″ and 250 pounds. Judge is just one inch shorter, but weights 32 pounds more than James. New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski is 6’6″ and 265 pounds. Judge is an inch taller and 17 pounds heavier than Gronk.
Judge would be a massive tight end even by NFL standards. Mason Katz, who played against Aaron Judge in the Cape Cod league during college, relayed a funny story to The New York Times.
‘He stood up to shake my hand, and I remember looking straight up,’ said Katz, who is 5 feet 9 inches tall. When they boarded the plane, Judge was so busy chatting with Katz that he hit his head on the doorway entering the plane. ‘I couldn’t do that if I jumped,’ Katz said.
Judge’s size has helped him become one of the most powerful hitters in baseball as this 495-foot home run shows.
While Judge’s size may stand out to the casual observer, it is something Judge does not think twice about.
“Everything’s the same. I’m just bigger than everybody else,” Judge told The Washington Post. “The strike zone may be taller, because I’m taller, but it’s what I’m used to. I’ve had the same strike zone since I was a kid. This is my body; this is my strike zone. I make the same adjustments everyone else does.”