Yankee Aaron Judge is way way outta here.
The slugger is his team’s first major league rookie to hit 40 home runs. He finally touched the record during the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers. The 25-year-old slugger joined Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle as the only Yanks to hit 40 homers before the age of 26.
Judge joins Mark McGwire as the only two players to hit 40 homers during their rookie seasons. McGwire set that record while playing for Oakland in 1987, which means it took 30 years to match that record.
Judge also knocked another record out of the park. With 107, he now has the most walks by a rookie in a season. Alongside fellow pinstripe wearers Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and Starlin Castro, Judge is one of the key factors that will help the Yankees have a deep post season run. And he’s managed to put together this performance while being in a slump, so his MVP hopes should be higher than ever.