ARLINGTON, Texas – Ruth. Gehrig. DiMaggio. Mantle. Judge.
Those are the five Yankees who have belted 40 homers at age 25 or younger.
“It’s pretty surreal,” Aaron Judge replied at the prospect of being in elite company with the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. “Never as a kid did I think I’d ever be in the same sentence as those guys. It’s quite an honor, and it’s pretty humbling.”
Judge and Mark McGwire (49 in 1987) are the only rookies to ever hit 40 homers in a single season.
“I remember when he was in the home run hunt with Sammy Sosa and chasing (the record in 1998), it was fun to watch and pretty cool to see as a kid,” said Judge, 25, who was six at the time. “To be in the same category as him with 40 homers as a rookie is special.”
Judge also broke the MLB rookie record for walks in a season with 107. He’ll eventually get the ball for that accomplishment. But apparently, not the base, which might be more fitting.
“Well, as I’ve said, if he gets the barrel of the bat to the ball, he’s going to do a lot of damage,” Joe Girard said of Judge. “Now, I don’t know if I would have predicted 100 walks. I don’t know if I would have predicted 40 homers. I always think when you do that, you’re setting limits on players. People look at them as goals, but I think that they can be limits. But I knew if he was going to get the barrel of the bat to the ball he was going to be extremely dangerous.
Aaron Judge hit a pair of homers to hit and then pass the 40-home run mark on the season.
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Judge hit two homers — Nos. 40 (379 feet) and 41 (463 feet). So did Gary Sanchez, who hit Nos. 29 (412 feet) and 30 (461 feet). The Yankees ultimately crushed the Rangers, 16-7, on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.
“It’s incredible what these kids have done, and there’s still three weeks to go,” Joe Girardi said.
Sanchez has hit 50 homers in 161 career games.
“Right now I’m seeing the ball really well, and I’m getting good results,” Sanchez said.
NOTES: Clint Frazier (oblique) has gone 2-for-17 with 10 strikeouts in four games with Double-A Trenton. Joe Girardi said his at-bats have been ok, and still expects Frazier to return sometime this upcoming week. … The Yankees reinstated Garrett Cooper from the 10-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton. Jordan Montgomery struggled on Sunday, failing to make it out of the fourth inning. “He didn’t have a good changeup. It’s usually a pitch that he has. And he battled through it,” Joe Girardi said. “I know he’s extremely disappointed, but I told him, ‘Let’s learn from this and continue to get better.’”