Despite their storied history, no Yankees rookie has hit more home runs than Aaron Judge.
Judge launched his 29th home run of the season Wednesday, a two-run shot to center field against Blue Jays righty Marco Estrada. To the action footage:
.@TheJudge44 keeps the fireworks going! pic.twitter.com/rnds8LQrB2— MLB (@MLB) July 5, 2017
Those 29 home runs lead the majors. They're also tied for the most by a rookie in franchise history, if you can believe that. Here's the list:
- Aaron Judge, 2017: 29 (and counting)
- Joe DiMaggio, 1936: 29
- Bobby Murcer, 1969: 26
- Joe Gordon, 1938: 25
- Kevin Maas, 1991: 21
- Gary Sanchez, 2016: 20
- Tom Tresh, 1962: 20
- Lou Gehrig, 1925: 20
Those are the only rookies in Yankees history to hit 20 home runs in a season, believe it or not.
Reminder: It is July 5. The Yankees still have 79 games to play. Judge isn't going to break DiMaggio's record. He's going to shatter it. Heck, Judge has a chance to threaten Mark McGwire's MLB rookie record of 49 homers in 1987.
Judge, who came into Wednesday's game hitting .329/.447/.689 (193 OPS+), will start in right field in next week's All-Star Game. He'll also participate in the Home Run Derby, because duh.