Aaron Judge continues to dazzle despite all the Yankees’ losses recently, and in Friday’s 9-4 loss to Milwaukee he hit his 30th homer of the season, breaking Joe DiMaggio’s franchise rookie record of 29 set in 1936.
“It’s quite an honor,” Judge said. “It’s been a fun first half so far.”
Judge leads the majors in homers, has a .330 average and 66 RBI with two games remaining before the All-Star break.
“That’s a pretty special name he passed,” Joe Girardi added. “It’s pretty incredible what he’s done.”
Many of Judge’s recent feats have come in Yankee losses as the club has dropped 17 of its last 23 games, and the All-Star didn’t seem totally comfortable talking about himself after another defeat on Friday.
“It’s tough answering questions like this after a loss,” Judge said.
Judge’s 30 homers are the second-highest by a rookie before the All-Star break since 1933, with only Mark McGwire’s 33 pre-break homers with Oakland in 1987 ahead of him.
The 25-year-old also became the first Yankee 25-or-younger to hit at least 30 homers in a season since then-25-year-old Don Mattingly finished with 31 homers in 1986. Judge’s 34 homers are the third-most in MLB history through 109 career games, with McGwire (39) and Rudy York (35) holding the top spots.
It’s all what many expect to be a preview of what Judge will do Monday night in Miami during the home run derby, where he is considered the favorite.
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