On September 20 at Yankee Stadium, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (@TheJudge44) hit his 60th home run of the year becoming the sixth player in MLB history to hit 60 home runs in a season. Judge ended the year with 62 long balls, setting the new single-season American League home run record.
Judge joined Barry Bonds, Roger Maris, Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth and Sammy Sosa as the six players to have 60 or more HRs in a season. That number has been reached nine times; Sosa did it three times, while McGwire did it twice
Here are 12 stats you may not know about Judge joining this elite group and his career in baseball.
- Judge was 30 when he reached 60 homers. Bonds was the oldest to reach that milestone at 36; the youngest was Maris who was 26 when he hit 61 in 1961.
- Of the six players (nine times) to hit 60 home runs, none ended the season with 200 or more hits. The most hits of the 600-HR Club were 198 by Sosa in 1998. McGwire had the fewest… he had only 145 hits in 1999 when he hit 65 HRs.
- Judge did not have a triple this season. He joins Sosa in 1998 and McGwire in 1998 as players with no triples in their 60-HR season.
- Aaron had 131 RBI this season, a career high. That’s the fewest in a season for the players who hit 60 home runs in a season. He did have 16 stolen bases this season. That’s second-most of the 60-HR Club… Sosa had 18 in 1998.
- Judge’s previous high in home runs in the majors was 52 in 2017 when he won the American League Rookie of the Year and finished second in the league MVP voting.
- The most home runs Judge hit in a season in the minors was 20 when he split time between Double-AA and Triple-AAA in 2015.
- Judge attended college at Fresno State for three years. He hit a total of 18 home runs at the school in 169 games.
- Of his 62 homers this season, Judge hit 22 in Innings 1-3, 17 in Innings 4-6, 22 in Innings 7-9, and one in extra innings.
- He hit nine homers against Baltimore in 2022, most of any team this season.
- Of his 62 dingers, he hit 30 at home and 32 on the road.
- Forty-nine of his 62 HRs came in a Yankees win; 13 in a Yankees loss.
- Prior to the start of the 2022 post-season, Judge had played in 10 different playoff series hitting 11 post-season HRs in 35 playoff games. He had at least one home run in seven of the 10 post-season series.
One of the biggest stories of baseball’s off-season was home run champ Giancarlo Stanton becoming a New York Yankee. Stanton led the majors last year with 59 HRs with the Miami Marlins.
Is it possible that Stanton is “striking out” in his short tenure with the Yanks? Figuratively speaking, we are only 14 games into the season and the jury is still out about whether or not Stanton will have a major impact on the Bronx Bombers. A 7-7 record is nothing to get too concerned about two weeks into the 2018 season.
But from a literal sense, Stanton is “striking out” with the Yankees; in fact, he leads the majors with 25 strikeouts in 59 at-bats. He has already had two games this season where he struck out five times (more on that in a moment). On the plus side, he has hit three home runs.
But let’s look at the strikeouts. Last season Stanton’s current teammate, Aaron Judge became the first player in MLB history to have 50 or more home runs and over 200 strikeouts in the same season (he had 52 HRs and 208 strikeouts). With 25 strikeouts in 14 games, Stanton is on a pace to strike out 289 times this season… the MLB record is 223 strikeouts in a season by Mark Reynolds with Arizona in 2009.
Here’s a look at the players who hit 50 or more home runs in a season and had the most strikeouts that same season.
Aaron Judge, NY Yankees, 2017, 52 HRs-208 strikeouts
Chris Davis, Baltimore, 2013, 53 HRs-199 strikeouts
Cecil Fielder, Detroit, 1990, 51 HRs-182 strikeouts
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia, 2006, 58 HRs-181 strikeouts
Sammy Sosa, Cubs, 1998, 66 HRs-171 strikeouts
Sammy Sosa, Cubs, 1999, 63 HRs-171 strikeouts
Sammy Sosa, Cubs, 2000, 50 HRs-168 strikeouts
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami, 2017, 59 HRs-163 strikeouts
Mark McGwire, two teams, 1997, 58 HRs-159 strikeouts
Mark McGwire, St. Louis, 1998, 70 HRs-155 strikeouts
Sammy Sosa, Cubs, 2001, 64 HRs-153 strikeouts
For the record, the fewest number of strikeouts in a season by a player who hit 50 or more home runs is 42 by Johnny Mize. He hit 51 HRs in 1947. He is the only player with 50 or more home runs in a season that had less than 50 strikeouts that same campaign.
As mentioned above, Stanton has already struck out five times in a game twice this season. The MLB record is three games with five or more strikeouts in a game, held by Ray Lankford in 1998.
Stanton became the 14th player in MLB history to strike out five of more times in a game multiple times in his career. Sammy Sosa holds the MLB record… he fanned five or more times in four games in his career. Lankford is next with his three games. The 12 players who did it twice in their careers are: Jim Thome, Mark Teixeira, Ron Swoboda, Stanton, Richie Sexson, George Scott, Alex Rios, Benny Kauff, Andruw Jones, Deron Johnson, Chris Davis and Dick Allen.
One last note: Sosa, Lankford and Brian Dozier are the only three players in baseball history to strikeout five times in a game and hit a home run that same game.
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Last baseball season, Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton and New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge each hit 50 home runs … Stanton had 59; Judge had 52. (These two are now teammates with Stanton’s trade to the Yankees in the off-season.) It was the first time since the 2007 season that two players hit 50 in a season; that year Alex Rodriguez had 54 and Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder had 50.
Stanton and Judge became the 44th and 45th players to hit 50 in a season. Of the 45 times it has happened in MLB history, there have been 29 different players who have reached the 50-HR milestone. Here are the nine players who have hit 50 or more home runs in multiple seasons:
4: Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth, Sammy Sosa
3: Alex Rodriguez
2: Jimmie Foxx, Ken Griffey, Jr., Ralph Kiner, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays.
Stanton and Judge will look to become only the sixth and seventh players to hit 50 HRs in consecutive seasons. The five players who have consecutive seasons with 50 homers: Rodriguez (2001 and 2002), Ruth (1920 and 1921, also 1927 and 1928), Griffey (1997 and 1998), McGwire (1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999) and Sosa (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001).
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A pair of New York Yankees players made big news as the team eliminated the Cleveland Indians from the playoffs and prevented the Tribe from making a return trip to the World Series.
First, Didi Gregorious hit a pair of home runs in the fifth and deciding game. He became the first Yankees’ player to have a multiple-HR game since Raul Ibanez in 2012.
Eighteen players have hit two or more HRs in a post-season game on more than one occasion. Yankees legend Babe Ruth did it four times, while Carlos Beltran and Manny Ramirez each did in three playoff games (15 players had multiple home runs in two post-season games).
Current Yankees’ slugger Aaron Judge made news for not hitting the ball; in fact, he struck out four times for the third time in the series. He became the 57th different player to strike out four or more times in a post-season game (it has now happened 68 times). Judge also now holds the MLB record for most post-season games with four or more strikeouts with three. Nine players struck out four or more times in two games in their playoff careers.
TODAYSPORTSTAT-July 11, 2017
In honor of New York Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge winning last night’s Home Run Derby, here’s a stat celebrating the MLB’s power-hitting rookies.
Judge and fellow rookie Cody Bellinger have over 20 home runs in their first seasons in the majors (Judge has 30; Bellinger has 25). Last season there were six rookies who had 20+ home runs in their first season in the big leagues (Tommy Joseph, Nomar Mazara, Gary Sanchez, Ryan Schimpf, Corey Seager and Trevor Story). That tied the record for most rookies with 20+ HRs in a season (it was also done in 1964, 1987 and 2006).
That record could be in jeopardy this season. In addition to Judge and Bellinger, there are eight other rookies who have 11 or more home runs at the All-Star break: Matt Davidson (18 with the White Sox), Hunter Renfroe (16 with the Padres), Josh Bell (16 with the Pirates), Trey Mancini (14 with the Orioles), Ian Happ (13 with the Cubs), Andrew Benintendi (12 with the Red Sox), Jorge Bonifacio (11 with the Royals) and Yuli Gurriel (11 with the Astros).