Aaron Judge, the former Fresno State star who blossomed into a MLB All Star, continues to grow in popularity.
The 6-foot-7, 282-pound Judge, who just completed his rookie season with the New York Yankees, landed on the cover of the popular video game “MLB The Show 18” (for the gaming system PlayStation 4).
PlayStation and MLB on Monday unveiled the video game’s cover with a seriously looking Judge wearing his pinstripe Yankees uniform and looking ready to crush another baseball.
Judge launched an American League-high 52 home runs this past season, along with 114 RBIs and a .284 average to put himself in position to not only win the Rookie of the Year honors but quite possibly AL MVP.
Judge, who played for the Bulldogs from 2011-2013, joins fellow ex-Bulldogs basketball star Paul George as alumnus of Fresno State who’ve landed on a major video game cover.
George, an NBA All Star, graced the cover of NBA2K 17 a year ago while he was with the Indiana Pacers. He’s since been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
All that’s left now to complete the Fresno State trifecta is for Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to make the Madden video game cover.
Of course, it’s often considered a curse on the NFL player who makes the Madden cover.
Judge is the first Yankees player to make the cover of The Show.
The video game will be released March 27, 2018, and cost $59.99.
If you pre-order at the PS Store, you’ll get 5,000 stubs for MLB The Show 18 and receive an exclusive Aaron Judge Rookie Flashback Card can be used on MLB The Show 17.
Judge on Monday was named a finalist for AL MVP and Rookie of the Year.
Judge could be a unanimous winner for Rookie of the Year.
But he faces tough competition for MVP, up against Houston second baseman Jose Altuve and Cleveland infielder Jose Ramirez.
Rookie of the Year will be announced Monday on the MLB Network.
AL MVP will be revealed Nov. 16 on the MLB Network.
MLB The Show 18
EX-BULLDOGS STAR AARON JUDGE ON THE COVER
- Available on: PlayStation 4
- Release date: March 27, 2018
- Cost: $59.99
- Judge’s stats in 2017: 52 home runs, 114 RBIs, .284 average