Published: Tue, July 11, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge breaks Joe DiMaggio's rookie HR record

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge breaks Joe DiMaggio's rookie HR record

He bashed his 30th home run of the season on Friday evening against the Milwaukee Brewers while setting a new Yankees rookie record and breaking his tie with Joe DiMaggio.

In an impressive feat to come before the All-Star break, Judge hit his major league-leading 29th home run of the season.

Joe DiMaggio's 1936 record of 29 home runs had remained the high watermark for any NY rookie, but Judge has broken that long-standing record before the All-Star Break.

Judge entered Saturday with a homer in each of his previous three games and is on pace to put up an eye-popping number by the time the regular season concludes. NY has lost 17 of its past 23 games overall, including Friday night's 9-4 loss to the Brewers.

There's a new name in the Yankees' record book after Aaron Judge eclipsed a franchise icon.

"That's a pretty special name he passed", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

"It is quite an honor", Judge said.

Judge, who is 25, joins former slugger Mark McGwire as the only two rookies in the history of the game to hit 30 home runs or more prior to the break for the All-Star Game.

Judge homered at his first career at bat. "You talk about the home runs, but the runs, the walks, the average he's hit for, the defense that he's played, it's been a pretty special first half". McGwire had 33 in 1987 on his way to 49 for the Oakland Athletics.

"I wish all 30 were game winners", Judge said.

Judge was all smiles in the dugout as he high-fived fellow Yankees. "It is really incredible what he has done in the first half of this season".

"It's tough answering questions like this after a loss", Judge said.

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