The New York Yankees have potentially come back down to earth a little, but they still hold the best record in all of baseball and their star right fielder Aaron Judge continues to mash home runs at a record pace.
Judge has been leading the way for the Bronx Bombers as he went deep again last night against the Baltimore Orioles, which was home run No. 17 on the season.
And we’re only 40 games into the season.
MLB on FOX tweeted about Judge’s home run, listing the four players in Yankees’ history with the most home runs through the first 40 games of the season.
A hot start to the season puts Aaron Judge among some elite company 🔥👀 pic.twitter.com/kkf1FnEPNg
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 24, 2022
Judge Joins Elite Company
Anytime you can put yourself in the same company as Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, you know you’re doing something right.
Judge has been on an absolute tear from the very start.
He’s been the one leading the way for the Yanks as they tear through their schedule and dominate their opponents.
Judge is also healthy for the first time in quite a while and is giving us glimpses of the player he can be when things are going well.
This is much more like Judge’s 2017 self.
That year, Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year Award and hit 52 home runs, which at the time was the most ever hit by a rookie in baseball history.
Judge’s record didn’t last long, but what he did in 2017 was a show of his full potential and the kind of player he can be when he remains healthy.
If he stays healthy, he’ll be on pace for the AL MVP Award, something he came close to winning in 2017.