We’re not even at the All-Star break, and Aaron Judge already has the New York Yankees single-season record for home runs.
Judge cranked his MLB-leading 30th homer of the season on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, breaking Joe DiMaggio’s rookie record. Here’s video of the 432-foot, 110-mph blast:
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 8, 2017
How about a Korean call of the homer too, because why not?
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) July 8, 2017
ESPN Stats & Info notes that Judge is the second rookie to reach at least 30 dingers before the All-Star break, with Mark McGwire hitting 37 in 1987 (he’d finish with 49):
Aaron Judge is the second rookie to hit 30 home runs before the All-Star Break; he joins Mark McGwire, who had 33 in 1987. pic.twitter.com/Ue5vxjV9q4
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 8, 2017
And Judge is the second Yankee to ever hit at least 30 before the All-Star break, joining Roger Maris (he hit 61 that year; you may have heard about it):
Yankees Most HR Before All-Star Break (since 1933):
Roger Maris 33 (1961)
Aaron Judge 30 (2017
Alex Rodriguez 30 (2007)
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) July 8, 2017