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Aaron Judge: The Rookie Home Run King

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Aaron Judge has crushed 27 home runs, which is an impressive feat for any major leaguer. What’s more, Judge has accomplished this feat in a mere 74 games, oh, and by the way, he’s done so as a friggin’ rookie.

Few rookies have ever gone yard as many times as Aaron Judge, and at this pace, he’s set to claim the record as his own.


Judge is on track to amass 59 home runs in his inaugural season, ten more than the current record. That is, if he stays on track. Here’s a few of the people he’ll have to surpass in his effort to earn immortality.

Ted Williams

Year: 1939

Home Runs: 31

Career Home Runs: 521

Rookie Of The Year: N/A

Ted Williams is the stuff of legend. He was selected for an awe-inspiring 17 All-Star games in 18 seasons, and that was only because Williams only played six games in 1952. As a matter of fact, The Splendid Splinter missed the better part of five seasons while serving in the military and still managed Hall of Fame numbers.

Teddy Ballgame managed to earn MVP honors twice, the Triple Crown twice, six batting titles, 521 home runs and 1,839 RBIs. Needless to say, with 31 home runs and 145 RBIs he would’ve have been a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year… had the award existed in 1939.

Chris Young

Year: 2007

Home Runs: 32

Career Home Runs: 182 (and still mashing)

Rookie Of The Year: No

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Source: Wikipedia

While Ryan Braun was busy trying to catch up to his teammate Prince Fielder in home runs, Chris Young was trying to catch up to Ryan Braun in the National League ROTY race. Young only managed to field enough votes to finish fourth. His numbers since that season have tapered off, but at least he can take solace in the fact that his 32 performances of the “Disappearing Ball Trick” put him well into the top 20 list for home runs by a rookie.

Jose Canseco

Year: 1986

Home Runs: 33

Career Home Runs: 462

Rookie Of The Year: Yes

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Source: Twitter

Ah, yes. The man who’s 16 years removed from the game of baseball and still a household name. More so for his alleged steroid use and the manner in which he shamelessly threw other PED users under the bus. Regardless, Canseco during his years on the field was a vile oppressor of pitchers, mashing 462 baseballs over the outfield fence.

Canseco’s rookie year would exhibit the same characteristics as he would go on to finish fifth in the MLB in homers and third in RBIs, and make his first of six All-Star appearances.

Ryan Braun

Year: 2007

Home Runs: 34

Career Home Runs: 293 (and still at it)

Rookie Of The Year: Yes

Ryan Braun burst onto the major league scene in 2007 and never looked back. Braun’s prowess at the plate proved to be a perfect compliment to the surging Prince Fielder, who himself tallied 50 long balls that season. Life after Fielder has been unkind to the Brewers, but Braun has remained as the cornerstone of their offense, averaging well over 27 home runs and 104 RBIs since taking the field in Milwaukee.

Mike Piazza

Year: 1993

Home Runs: 35

Career Home Runs: 427

Rookie Of The Year: Yes

I’m honestly not sure which drew more attention: Mike Piazza’s dazzling hair and it’s many reincarnations, or his uncanny ability to put baseballs out into the bleachers. Either way, many have contended that Piazza is the best offensive catcher in the league’s history.

His rookie performance definitely argued his case, with Piazza leading all catchers in batting average with .318 and fourth overall in the league with 112 RBIs. Well, that… and the ten consecutive years where he won the Silver Slugger award and made an All-Star appearance in tandem.

Jose Abreu

Year: 2014

Home Runs: 36

Career Home Runs: 104 (and counting)

Rookie Of The Year: Yes

Abreu has been a force to be reckoned with ever since his inception into the league back in 2014. He not only was a unanimous selection for the American League’s Rookie of the Year, Abreu also led the MLB in OPS+ and slug percentage. Abreu cooled down after the All-Star break, but not before mashing and crashing his way to number six on the rookie homers list.

Albert Pujols

Year: 2001

Home Runs: 37

Career Home Runs: 602 (and still counting)

Rookie Of The Year: Yes

While the world was busy watching Barry Bonds go yard time and time again by way of the magic of steroids, a young Albert Pujols was quietly distributing souvenirs to the masses of Cardinals faithfuls. This would be a sign of things yet to come. Pujols has since amassed quite the resume, including six Silver Slugger awards, a batting title, and two World Series rings.

Oh, and by the way: he’s ninth in career home runs.

Mark McGwire

Year: 1987

Home Runs: 49

Career Home Runs: 583

Rookie Of The Year: Yes

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Source: Twitter

Almost every baseball fan remembers the “The Great Home Run Race” of 1998 when Mark McGwire bested Sammy Sosa 70-66, both of which was more than enough to replace Roger Maris’ previous record of 63. What most people don’t remember is the whopping 49 home runs that Big Mac hit in his rookie season. Albeit, he was more than likely on “the juice,” but his record as of now still stands… asterisk and all.

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