Aaron Judge Jul 28, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a walk-off solo home run during the bottom of the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Add another memorable highlight to this remarkable season from Aaron Judge.

The New York Yankees‘ slugger hit his MLB-leading 39th home run of the season in walk-off fashion to give the Yankees a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

39 homers is an absolutely absurd total before we even get to August. Judge has seven more dingers than anybody in MLB, with the Philadelphia Phillies’ coming in second at 32, and the Houston Astros’ Yordan Álvarez third at 29. He really has a chance for 60-plus bombs if he can keep it up at this pace and stay healthy.

It’s also his third walk-off homer of the season, tying him with Mickey Mantle for the Yankees’ single-season franchise record.

Judge also leads all position players in Wins Above Replacement — per FanGraphs — at 5.8.

It’s going to be a fun AL MVP race between Judge and Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani. Right now, you could make a great argument for either; they’re both very deserving.

Here’s a look at how the baseball world is reacting to Judge’s walk-off homer and remarkable season :


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