Aaron Judge’s historic rookie season continued Saturday as he broke a Babe Ruth record that had stood for 96 years. Judge did what Judge does best and that’s plant a ball over the outfield wall.
It was his 33rd home run at Yankee Stadium this season, which sets a new franchise record for most homers at home, surpassing the Great Bambino.
Aaron Judge: 33rd HR at home this season, breaking the Yankees record set by Babe Ruth in 1921 (when Yankees played at the Polo Grounds) pic.twitter.com/zViIVYYmRE
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 30, 2017
Judge already held the record for most home runs in Yankee Stadium in a single season, but now he owns the franchise record for any stadium.
It was his 52nd home run of the year, which ties him with Mickey Mantle for eighth on the Yankees’ single-season home run list.
The only Yankees ahead of Judge are Roger Maris (61 in 1961), Ruth (60 in 1927, 59 in 1921, 54 in 1920 and 1928), Mantle (54 in 1961) and Alex Rodriguez (54 in 2007).
The fourth-inning blast cleared the bleachers and landed in front of the display of retired numbers in the left-center field.
— #Statcast (@statcast) September 30, 2017
Judge now has the longest and fourth-longest home runs of the 2017 season. In June he hit one 495 feet, which is the longest of the season and landed in nearly the exact same place.
Passing the Babe is just a continuation of the historic week that Judge has had. On Monday, he hit his 49th and 50th home runs, which tied and then broke Mark McGwire’s record for homers by a rookie.
As the American League’s leader in home runs, runs and walks, Judge is a good bet to make more history by winning the MVP award. Only two other players have won an MVP as a rookie: Fred Lynn in 1975 and Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.
The Yankees would go on to beat the Blue Jays in Saturday’s game 2-1, which kept alive their faint hopes of winning the AL East. But the Red Sox then won later Saturday, clinching the division for them and sending New York to the wild card.
The Yankees will host the Twins in the AL wild-card game Tuesday. The winner will then advance to face the Indians in the ALDS, which starts Thursday.