Judge hits his 49th and 50th HR to break McGwire's rookie HR record set in 1987.
Aaron Judge has done it! He's broken Mark McGwire's rookie HR record of 49 set back in 1987. Against the Royals in the Bronx Monday afternoon, he hit HRs number 49 and 50. Today he went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs a walk and a strikeout in the Yankees 11-3 rout of the Royals. His average is up to .283
Against the Mets in the Subway Series, Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge also set a record he would like to forget. He set the MLB record of striking out in 33 consecutive games previously set by slugger Adam Dunn.
He has fanned 202 times this season which leads the AL this season. Mark Reynolds has that want-to-forget MLB record when he fanned 223 times in a season in 2009. As we all know, strikeouts go hand-in-hand with power hitters.
On to the positive side; Judge has size, power, an arm and a humble demeanor for a rookie Yankee outfielder who's 6' 7" 282 pounds. Aaron Judge is a sight to see. Not just because of his huge size, it's his stats and the pace he's on this season to break records. He has 50 HRs,108 RBIs and is batting .283
Despite his post All-Star game funk in which his average has dropped 46 points since the HR Derby. His 50 HRs leads the American League. Miami's Giancarlo Stanton leads MLB with 57.
His year has been historic for the Yankees. Judge already has set the Yankee record for home runs by a rookie surpassing Hall of Famer Joe Di Maggio who had 29. At the All-Star break he had 32 HRs and was batting .329
The Yankees are currently in 2nd place in the AL Eastern division at 85-69 and have already clinched the AL wildcard.
What a turnaround for the young, exciting Yankees who are infused with an abundance of talent. Judge tops the list, but there are others to mention; Sanchez and recent call-up Clint Frazier to name a few.
In the All-Star Home Run Derby Judge stole the show by winning it. I don't pay much attention to exit velocity. However, Judge's HR with an exit velocity of 121.1 mph tops the majors. He's also hit a 495-foot HR.
Though I'm a Mets fan at heart, I must admit the Yankee are exciting to watch, especially Judge. He's already become a huge figure in MLB after turning his 2nd season around from his 2016 numbers; 4 HRs, 10 RBIs and batted a mere .179 in 27-games.
You can't help but be entertained by the Yankee stadium "Judge's Chambers" where fans are picked randomly upon entering the stadium to sit in this special section in wearing black robes and white wigs. That's a smart and creative idea. That marketing/pr person deserves a raise.
One thing is for sure, he' determined to erase the embarrassing .179 he batted in his first 27-game stint with the Yankees in 2016. He often says how he has the number 179 on his phone as a means of motivation.
Judge is a likeable 25-year old baseball star for all baseball fans to appreciate. Even if you're a Yankee hater, you can't help but admire what he's done so far and how he handles himself.
His performance in the Home Run Derby was entertaining and impressive. To think, he's won two such competitions one in college and now one in the majors is truly impressive.
Will he be the AL Rookie of the Year? Most likely considering his stats are huge and he broke McGwire's rookie HR record. He also now has to be considered in the AL MVP conversation.
No matter what happens, in the interim, Aaron Judge is a must-see each time he steps-up to the batters box.