The New York Yankees have punched their ticket to the 2017 postseason, but that’s not the only bright spot in the chase for their 28th World Series title. Rookie phenom Aaron Judge made MLB history on Monday afternoon when he not only passed, but set a record for most home runs in a rookie season with fifty!
Judge has been having a monster season for the Bronx Bombers and propelled them into making the postseason. He hit thirty home runs in the first half alone! Following the All-Star break in mid-July, the 25-year-old did find himself struggling as well as being shuffled in the lineup, and even being taken out of games by manager Joe Girardi, but that didn’t discourage him.
On Monday afternoon, the team had a makeup game against the Kansas City Royals in the Bronx. Judge came into the game with forty-eight home runs, looking to tie Mark McGwire’s rookie record of forty-nine, and that he did in the bottom of the third inning with a two-run shot. Just a short time later, in the sixth inning, Judge made history and belted his FIFTIETH home run, shattering the record and he now holds the title of most home runs in a rookie season.
Judge received praise from McGwire himself on Tuesday night, saying, “I see power and a very intimidating figure at home plate. It’s amazing to think where he will be in 16 or 17 years.”
The MVP debate had been up for some time now between Judge, Mike Trout, and Jose Altuve. It’s no joke that Aaron Judge has had a season for the ages and not only is he going to get better, but Yankees fans are in for one fun journey with him on their team.