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

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Aaron Judge (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Aaron Judge (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

With two home runs on Monday, Aaron Judge has now hit more homers in a season than any rookie in MLB history.

Aaron Judge is officially the only rookie in Major League Baseball history to hit 50 home runs. After going 2-4 on Monday with both hits being home runs, Judge has put himself in conversation with elite company.

Judge is now the record holder after passing the mark that was set by Mark McGwire in 1987 when he hit 49 home runs as a rookie with the Oakland A’s.

The Aaron Judge we saw prior to the All-Star Game seems to have resurrected all over again.

The All-Star right fielder seems to have found his stroke again and the Yankees could not have asked for it to happen at a better time. Since the start of September, Judge has been on a tear and the entire Yankees lineup has benefited from it.

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After beating the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday to clinch a playoff berth, the Yankees are in a position to chase down the Boston Red Sox for the American League East division title. If not, after completely manhandling the Minnesota Twins pitching staff last week, there’s no reason to think Aaron Judge & Co. can’t hit themselves into the divisional round if they face the Twins in the one-game Wild Card.

For now, just for a moment, what Judge has accomplished seriously needs to be taken into consideration. Last August, the highly touted prospect was called up for a brief 27-game stint, hitting his first home run in his first career at-bat on Aug. 13.

If anyone would have predicted this historic turnaround a year later after seeing him struggle the rest of the way, looking overmatched for a majority of the time, concluding in a .179/.263/.345 slash line, they’d be signed up for a psychiatric ward.

At the beginning of the 2017 season, Judge wasn’t even considered to be the everyday right fielder. That job had to be earned and taken away from Aaron Hicks.

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With a week remaining in the regular season, who knows what’s next in this historic season. One thing is for certain; Aaron Judge is the new leader for home runs in a season by a rookie.

Enjoy it because who knows if we’ll ever see anything like this again.