Joey Gallo, DJ LeMahieu explain what makes Aaron Judge great Yankees leader

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Joey Gallo, DJ LeMahieu explain what makes Aaron Judge great Yankees leader

The New York Yankees and Aaron Judge failed to reach an agreement on an extension prior to Opening Day but the slugger is determined to lead the Yankees to their first World Series since 2009. Judge is one of the most beloved Yankees players and he enjoys a strong reputation within the team's locker room.

Judge is considered as the unofficial captain of the Yankees and the leader of the team. “I think it’s just a natural leadership style,” Joey Gallo told The Post. “It’s not forced. He works harder than just about anybody, if not harder than anybody on the team.

And sometimes I think with leaders they might not do that. I wasn’t sure how he’d be coming over here, I knew him a little bit, but I’ve been blown away by the way that he carries himself, the way he talks to the media, talks to the fans and the way he plays the game.

He puts a lot of work into it and he cares a lot. Couldn’t ask for a better leader for a team”.

D.J. LeMahieu also praises Judge

“Obviously he’s led by example ’cause he’s one of the best players in the league.

But he’s also one of the few guys I’ve played with that’s not afraid to speak up when things need to be said whether guys want to hear it or not. I think that’s what separates him. It’s not easy to do for a guy like that.

He cares about the team more than himself and that rubs off on everyone," LeMahieu said. In the offseason, Judge reitarated his desire to stay with the Yankees long-term. Judge was hoping to get an extension before Opening Day but he and the Yankees couldn't reach an agreement.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed Judge was offered a seven-year, $213.5 million extension but he rejected. Judge will now be a free agent next offseason.