Aaron Judge has put together one of the most impressive rookie seasons that baseball has ever seen, and on Monday, he officially wrote his name into baseball history as the first player to ever hit 50 home runs in his rookie year, breaking Mark McGwire’s 28-year-old record.
Judge came into Monday’s game with 48 home runs on the year, one shy of tying McGwire’s record.
After hitting his 49th homer in the third inning to match McGwire, Judge stepped up to the plate again in the seventh and sent a ball high and deep into left-centerfield to break the mark and officially become the greatest home run hitter in rookie history.
You can watch Judge’s record-breaking home run below, courtesy of MLB.
Judge was quick to make an impression on baseball fans with his affable attitude, contagious smile, and brilliant swings at the plate. Making a name for himself with towering homers, Judge quickly earned himself an entry into the annual Home Run Derby, and became the first rookie to win the award.
Despite a slump after the All-Star break, Judge appears to have once again found his swing, having hit four homers in his past two days to break McGwire’s record and keeping his name in the conversation for AL MVP.
Many have stepped to the plate. None have hit 50 homers as a rookie.
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