Aaron Judge is now defying NASA science with his massive home run blasts

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is quickly becoming one of baseball's most popular acts -- in part due to his outstanding performance and internationally known employer, and in part due to his appearance's propinquity to a comic-book hero.

Judge did something during the Home Run Derby befitting of a comic-book hero by hitting Marlins Park's roof. What's more is Judge's feat even defied science. Here's Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci:

Back when the engineers from Walter P. Moore were designing the retractable roof of Marlins Park, they set out to determine how high the roof would have to be so as not to interfere with balls in play. They studied the air density and temperatures of Miami and plugged those variables into equations from NASA.

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The engineers finally arrived at a height of 210 feet above the ground at its apex (above second base) to make sure no batted ball hit the roof. It tapered to a low of 128 feet above the ground in deep right-centerfield.

It's not enough that Judge is hitting .329/.448/.691 with 30 home runs. It's not enough that he's a legitimate candidate to win both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards. It's not enough that he won the Home Run Derby and is going to win a ton of endorsements. He's also out here making scientists and engineers and their little algorithms and models look silly.

Basically, Aaron Judge just does whatever he darn well pleases to do. You gotta respect it.

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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