New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire’s rookie home run record of 49 homers, blasting #49 and #50 on Monday afternoon.
Move over “Big Mac,” you’ve got company! New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit home runs #49 and #50 on Monday afternoon to break Mark McGwire’s rookie home run record.
No. 50 – and @TheJudge44 stands alone.
That’s the most home runs EVER for a rookie. pic.twitter.com/DQhsmHHlyE
— MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2017
It was looking like Judge wouldn’t even come close to McGuire’s lofty 49 homers, which he hit with the Oakland Athletics in 1987.
After hitting 31 home runs heading into the All-Star break, Judge entered September with just 37 homers. The 25-year-old has also struck out 202 times through Monday, becoming the first player in MLB to hit 50 home runs while striking out 200 times in the same year.
The Yankees clinched a playoff berth on Saturday and will likely appear in the Wild Card game if the team can’t overtake the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. With a median age of 28.2, this New York Yankees team is the youngest in team history to make the playoffs, eclipsing the 1964 club whose median age was 27.6.
As for the home run hitters on this “Baby Bombers” squad, Judge and teammate Gary Sanchez have fallen short of another milestone. After playing in 177 career games each, Aaron Judge has hit 54 homers to Gary Sanchez’s 53. Mark McGwire had 55 through 177 career games while Rudy York hit 57.
Most homers, 1st 177 career games
Rudy York 57
Mark McGwire 55
AARON JUDGE 54
GARY SANCHEZ 53
Ryan Braun 51
Ryan Howard 49
Bob Horner 48
— High Heat Stats (@HighHeatStats) September 25, 2017
Regardless, the two are in line to keep hitting home run milestones in the MLB. Will it be enough to help the Yankees advance in the 2017 playoffs? We’ll find out in the AL Wild Card on October 3rd.