In an era where home runs are at large, there have been many home run records shattered this season, but one record, in particular, has stood for a very long time, and it was one of the biggest question marks entering the Second Half of the 2017 MLB season, “Can Judge Break the rookie single-season home run record set by Mark Mcguire in 1987?” Well, folks, you have your answer. On September 25, 2017, Aaron James Judge hit two home runs in Yankee Stadium, in a game against the Royals, to break the record.
Well, folks, you have your answer. On September 25, 2017, Aaron James Judge hit two home runs in Yankee Stadium, in a game against the Royals, to break the record.
In the bottom of the third, with one out, a runner at first, and a full count, Judge launched an oppo-taco to right to tie the record at 49. MLB fans, fortunately, would not have to wait much longer to see the historic 50th.
Number 50 came in the bottom of the second with no one on, two outs, and a 2-1 count when Judge hammered a no-doubter into the left-field bleachers to put an end to a 30-year-old record.
Judge is also just one of five Yankees to hit 50 long balls in a season, the other four are as follows, Babe Ruth (4x), Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle (2x), and Alex Rodriguez.
Judge hit 31 home run in the first half of the season and seemed destined to crush Mcguire’s record along with challenging the all-time single-season home run record set by Barry Bonds. Alas, Judge, after destroying all competition in the HR Derby, fell quiet, with only 37 home runs entering September. It seemed that he would not only miss out on the all-time record but Mcguire’s record as well. The Judge overruled that verdict (pun intended) by hitting 13 home runs in September and breaking the record previously held by steroid user Mark McGuire.
The Yankees have clinched a playoff berth, and with the relatively weak Twins in the second Wild Card, and the Boston Red Sox having a 5 game lead over the Bronx Bombers, it appears that the Yankees will end the season with the top Wild Card spot in the last chance Wild Card Game. Let’s all just hope that Judge continues to hit more home runs before Postseason play begins. How many home runs do you think Judge will finish the season with in 2017 (keep in mind there are 6 games left for the Yankees this season).