Aaron Judge is continuing to rewrite the record books.
The New York Yankees superstar has set a new record in the home run field. In the second inning of Monday’s game against the Miami Marlins, he hit a home run off of Marlins pitcher Caleb Smith. In doing so, he set the record for the fastest player to ever reach 60 career home runs.
The previous record was held by infamous steroid user Mark McGwire, who accomplished the feat in 202 games played. Judge has now edged him out by accomplishing the feat in 197 games played.
This is not the first time he has broken a record held by McGwire either. In his famed and celebrated rookie year, Judge managed to claim McGwire’s single season rookie home run record that he set 1987.
Judge has shown quite the proficiency with the ball, as he has made his mark as a home run phenomenon. His rookie season saw him break numerous Yankees records, including most home runs in a rookie season and most home runs at home in a season. Outside of prestigious New York records held formerly by men like Joe DiMaggio and Babe Ruth, he has seen other accomplishments. He won both Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month multiple times, was named American League Rookie of the Year, and came in second in the voting for the 2017 American League Most Valuable Player Award.
So far the Yankees season has not been going as well as anticipated. So far they currently sit at only third in the American League East, breaking even at a 9-9 record. There has been concern and problems with Giancarlo Stanton that have been the major focus of the season so far. Judges performance however has been going rather well, and hopefully that means that this season can be turned around before it is too late to do so.
There has been plenty of doubt regarding Judge and his skill level. After an amazing start in 2017, he had plenty of moments that made you question him. Even in a great season, a player will have their mistakes that make them look bad. However, Judge has continued to shine and work hard despite those occasional mistakes.
Hopefully this is a sign of great things to come. All Judge has to do is not get distracted by his own pursuits, and keep his focus on the team and their pursuits for that long sought after 28th World Series title.