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Aaron Judge is carrying the 2022 Yankees. Here are 61 reasons why he must stay in New York.

Aaron Judge rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins.

NEW YORK – Back in late March, legions of Yankees fans and scores of media outlets wondered how Aaron Judge could turn down a $213.5 million contract extension.

By November, Judge will be ready to cash in on his sensational wager.

How high will the bidding go, and could the Yankees really let their Face of the Franchise walk away?

As Judge, currently with 55 homers, moves toward Roger Maris’ famous single-season Yankees record for home runs, here are 61 reasons why he should remain in pinstripes – in no particular order:

1. He’ll get paid

Whatever the price is, the Yankees can pay it. When they declare no one will outbid them, they follow through. This should be one of those times.

2. Captain Judge

Once secured to a long-term deal, the Yankees can officially grant him the prestigious title of team captain, their first since Derek Jeter.

3. Chance at Yankee immortality

Not to be morbid, but there are only four monuments to Yankees players in Monument Park.

4. No. 99 forever

At this rate, no one else will wear Judge’s No. 99 again. If he stays a Yankee, there’s almost a certainty that his number is retired.

5. 161st Street and River Avenue

A permanent home address at Yankee Stadium comes with a unique crackling atmosphere, regularly playing before near-capacity crowds.

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Aaron Judge rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins.

6. The All-Rise Foundation

Giving back has always been important to Judge, and a New York base provides more opportunities to expand.

7. A chance at multiple titles

OK, this hasn’t happened in a while. But there’s more reason to expect those results if Judge stays on a club with one of the game’s highest payrolls.

8. The pinstripes

No other team can match the iconic look of the Yankees uniform. Can you even picture Judge in, say, San Diego Padres green?

9. Broadway

Versus any other boulevard in North America, there’s no contest.

10. Family life

The New York Metropolitan area offers the best of everything. A great place for newlyweds, like Judge and his wife, to raise a family.

11. The Brand

Judge has his own brand. And that brand is just better as a Yankee.

12. The kids

Not since Jeter has there been a Yankee so popular with their youngest fans, who fill the stands wearing his No. 99. That should mean something to management.

Aaron Judge takes a photo with young fan Derek Rodriguez, his younger brother and fellow fan Mike Lanzillotta before a game.

Aaron Judge takes a photo with young fan Derek…

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