Aaron Judge has a lesser-known brother who was also adopted

Joshua Rogers December 7, 2022
Aaron Judge has a lesser-known brother who was also adopted
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Here’s everything we know about Aaron Judge’s older brother John after the MLB star reportedly plans to re-sign with the Yankees.

Aaron Judge has agreed to a nine-year, $360 million contract to remain with the New York Yankees, according to ESPN.

The 30-year-old was a free agent and had whittled his landing spots down to the Yankees, Giants, and Padres. It comes after the MLB MVP set a new American League record with his 62nd home run of the season.

It came in the first inning away to the Texas Rangers in early October. The star slugger drove a 1-1 slider into the first couple of rows of seats in left field.

In hitting the homer, Judge surpassed former Yankee Roger Maris’ longstanding record of 61 home runs in a season (1961).

“It’s a big relief,” Judge said afterward. “Everybody can finally sit down in their seats and watch the ballgame. It’s been a fun ride so far, getting a chance to do this. you know, with the team we got the guys surrounding me. The constant support from my family who’s been with me there through this whole thing is.

The Yankees star was adopted as a youngster

The Yankees slugger is one of the most recognizable faces in MLB today. Judge has an interesting backstory, as he was adopted in 1992 (the day after he was born) by Wayne and Patty Judge, both PE teachers in Linden, California.

His case was a closed adoption, meaning he never had any contact with his biological parents.

Speaking about his parents, he said: “I have one set of parents, the ones that raised me. That’s how it is.”

When Judge, who is biracial, was told at age ten he was adopted, he admitted to having been confused that he “didn’t look like” his parents, but they were the only parents he knew, so he moved on in stride. “It was actually no big deal.”

The baseball star has a great relationship with his adopted family and credits them with a lot of his success: “My parents are amazing, they’ve taught me so many lessons. I honestly can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done for me.”

What we know about Aaron Judge’s brother John

Aaron Judge also has a brother, which is a surprise to some. John is older than Aaron and was also adopted by Wayne and Patty Judge as a youngster.

John Judge is believed to be of Asian descent, and there are some early childhood photographs of him and Aaron online.

John Judge followed in the footsteps of his adoptive parents and reportedly moved base to Korea several years ago to pursue his teaching career.

However, John is not active on social media and lives a private life. Aaron does not have any other siblings.

Aaron remains incredibly close to his adopted parents though and was seated next to them when he won the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 2017:

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.