All rise for Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees single season home run record holder at Yankee Stadium.
The New York Yankees may have lost their opportunity at the AL East title, but the day wasn’t all bad. For one, the Yankees did pick up a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. It was also a day for the record books from some guy named Aaron Judge. Maybe you have heard of him. Take a look at the bomb he gave Yankee fans today:
As you see in the tweet above, this was not only his 52nd home run of the year, it was his 33rd at Yankee Stadium, breaking a long-standing record set in 1921 by Babe Ruth. And by the way, he CRUSHED it. “All rise for the judge” really is the phrase that is perfect. Every time he comes up he can drive one, well, like that. It’s exciting to watch.
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He’s also not just a home run hitter. Aaron Judge is not one of these players that hits .220 with a bunch of home runs. He is hitting .284 with 52 home runs and 114 RBI. He has scored 128 runs, posted 154 hits and an on base percentage of .422. That is the production of a complete player.
And look at where he came from last season. He couldn’t hit a lick in 2016, posting a batting average of .179. What did he do? He did the work to get better. Did anybody think that this would be the player we would see in 2017? The turnaround has been tremendous and that is due to the work put in by Aaron Judge.
He even got things going after the home run derby. A lot of times, participants in the derby have bad season’s the rest of the way, in part because they worked to make their swings competitive in the derby. They swing for the fences and can’t get it going again. Judge started the second half slowly but got things going in a big way.
Congratulations to Aaron Judge on his unbelievable season.