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Who do you think is a better player, Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton? This has been the question of many people since Judge started his career and won the 2017 Home Run Derby, the year after Giancarlo Stanton was declared champion of the same event. Many say that Judge is a better hitter and others say that Stanton is a better fielder. In my opinion Aaron Judge is a better hitter and better fielder.

Aaron Judge was born and raised in Linden, California. He was adopted the day after he was born by Patty and Wayne Judge, who both worked as teachers. When Judge was ten years old, his parents told him that he was adopted. "I knew I didn't look like them", he said at an interview, but that did not affect Judge's life. He attended Linden High School. There he played baseball as a pitcher and first baseman, football as a wide receiver and basketball as a center. Judge is 6'7'', which gives him more advantages at these sports.

Giancarlo Stanton was born in Los Angeles County, California. He attended Verdugo Hills High School. Stanton then started playing at Tujunga Little League. He transferred to Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. Stanton received and accepted a scholarship to play baseball for Tulane. He also received several offers from UCLA, UNLV and USC to play football. He is 6'6'' and that helped him get scholarships for baseball.

The Yankees drafted Judge in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft with the 32nd overall selection. He made his MLB debut on August 13, 2016. In Judge's first at bat, he hit a HR off Matt Andriese, who is a pitcher for Tampa Bay. Judge also hit a HR in his second game and became the second player in Yankees history to hit a HR in each of his first two games. Judge's WAR (wins above replacement) which is a summary of a player's total contribution to their team, is 5.3 games. Judge plays in the right field, where he has made amazing catches and has 38 career HR, which is a lot for a rookie.

The Miami Marlins drafted Stanton in the second round of the 2007 MLB draft with the 76th overall selection. He made his MLB debut on June 8, 2010. Giancarlo Stanton went 3-5 with two infield singles and scored twice in the debut. His first career HR was a grand slam. Stanton now plays in the right field and is an amazing fielder. Stanton's WAR is 3.4 games. Stanton has 249 career HR in 7 years.

Giancarlo Stanton participated in the 2016 Home Run Derby and won. He hit a total of 61 HR and 20 of them were the hardest hit of the night and 10 of them were the longest. Stanton's average distance was 446 feet. Aaron Judge was the 2017 Home Run Derby Champion. He hit 47 total HR, not because he couldn't hit more, but because he didn't need to hit more. 16 of them had an exit velocity of 115 mph or faster. Judge hit HR to all fields, unlike Stanton who is a dead pull hitter. Judge's quick swing allowed him to hit blasts of 501, 504, 507 and 513 feet. He now has the four longest blasts tracked by Statcast TM in the Derby and the only four Derby homers hit at least 500 feet. After the Home Run Derby, Migel Sano, who competed against Judge, said that he lost to "animal" Aaron Judge.

Judge and Stanton are almost at the same level. They are both very powerful and strong. Judge's performance has been amazing and it can improve more and more because he is just a rookie. Judge's batting average is .299 and his on base percentage is .425. Stanton's batting average is .273 and his on base percentage is .369. If we compare Aaron Judge's stats and Giancarlo Stanton's stats, we could say that Aaron Judge is a better player. Judge has only been playing for one season and Stanton has been playing for around seven seasons. If Judge keeps performing like he is now, then I think Judge can beat 249 HR in less than seven years. Looking at their year so far, Aaron Judge is already a better player than Giancarlo Stanton.