Judge Clips DiMaggio; Crushes 30th Rookie Dinger

Published on 8-Jul-2017 by Alan Adamsson

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Judge Clips DiMaggio; Crushes 30th Rookie Dinger

Aaron Judge apparently has a unique approach to the sophomore slump.

That's a baseball phenomenon -- MLB opponents' data analyses catching up, really -- that regularly consumes players returning from stellar rookie seasons; eg- 2016 MLB All-Star and current Memphis Redbird Aledmys Díaz.

Seems like Judge simply got it outta the way early.

The 6-7, 280lb crushmeister got into 27 games with the New York Yankees last season -- not enough to disqualify him as a rook -- and underwhelmed to the tune of a .179/.263.345 slasher.

Dude didn't exactly come outta nowhere. He was the Yankees' first-round pick -- 32nd overall -- in 2013 draft and whipped through their system at an expected pace.

What hasn't been expected is his explosive assault on MLB pitching.

Aaron Judge stats

Judge, of course, is now navigating the halls of history, starting with that 30 in the HR column:

Here's the legend whose team rookie record Judge just broke and is on his way to shattering:

Judge needs a helluva day tomorrow to catch Mark McGwire:

But if ever there was a red-headed stepchild stat, this is Exhibit No 1.

It's still a longshot at this point, but the real assault -- especially with the lower-seamed, tighter ball that MLB denies -- could be on Barry Bonds going yard 73 times in 2001.

After today's victory over the Milwaukee Brewers -- a 5-3 victory where he went 1-3 -- Judge has 79 games to pop 43.

Tall order.

Then again, he's a tall dude. With incredible pop.

Don't know how lonely the nation is these days, but if he mounts a charge in the season's second half, its eyes will definitely be turned to him.