New York Yankees: Aaron Judge Sets New Rookie Home Run Record


Judge had his second straight two-homer game in an 11-3 rout of Kansas City on Monday.

He tied and then surpassed Mark McGwire's rookie home run record as the New York Yankees won 11-3.

Not much for celebrating his own personal achievements, Judge acknowledged the fans clamoring for a curtain call by stepping out of the home dugout and waving to the standing and cheering crowd. "You got to go out there, '" he would say later.

McGwire hit 49 homers for the Oakland Athletics in 1987, breaking the previous mark of 38 set by the Boston Braves' Wally Berger in 1930 and matched by Cincinnati's Frank Robinson in 1956.

Regardless, it's been a remarkable season for Judge which has been streaky at times.

At the beginning of the 2017 season, Judge wasn't even considered to be the everyday right fielder.

Judge is also the fifth Yankee to bash 50 home runs in a season, joining Babe Ruth (four times), Mickey Mantle (twice), Roger Maris (1961) and Alex Rodriguez (2007). He has six home runs and 10 RBIs in his last five games alone. It also earned him emphatic endorsement for the American League MVP award from CC Sabathia.

Judge has homered against every AL opponent and his total is second in the majors to the 57 of Miami's Giancarlo Stanton. "What he's done, 50 home runs, carrying this team to the playoffs, we can honestly say we're in this spot because of him".

Judge got both home-run balls back and probably will give them to his parents. Didi Gregorius had an RBI groundout in the first and scored on Matt Holliday's double in the sixth.

NY veteran CC Sabathia went six innings, coughing up three earned runs and six hits.

NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said none of his players have mentioned any protests of the national anthem to him.

KC rookie Jake Junis snapped his six-game winning streak.