Aaron Judge is a rare specimen in baseball.
He’s a goliath who towers over pretty much everyone with his 6’7” frame. But that doesn’t hinder his abilities.
Before Judge, there had only been 12 players 6’6” or taller in MLB history to reach 1,000 plate appearances, according to MLB Network.
The Yankees rookie broke out as one of the best baseball players in 2017, routinely smashing 500-foot home runs—even damaging televisions in the outfield during batting practice.
Judge led the league in home runs (30) and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.139) at the All-Star break, and helped fuel a resurgent Yankees team that didn’t expect to be in AL East contention.
By the time season’s end drew near, the Yankees had clinched the playoffs and Judge had accomplished what no MLB rookie had ever done; hit 50 home runs.
The rookie phenom sent home run number 49 into orbit on September 25th against the Royals. Before then, only Mark McGwire had hit as many dingers in a rookie season…and that was in 1987.
Then, in the same game, Judge went yard again, etching his name in history as the only rookie to hit 50 home runs in a season. Here’s the historic round-tripper:
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 25, 2017
Here’s how Judge, the rookie home run king, gets ready to hit the diamond.