Judge became the first rookie to win the Home Run Derby in its entirety in 2017, defeating Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sanó 11-10 in the championship game.
Judge is a player “who can become the face of the game,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said following Judge’s game. On July 21, Judge nearly left Safeco Field when he hit a home run.
Statcast was unable to determine the specifics of the home run since the ball was struck so hard.
After Brett Gardner hit a walk-off home run on July 27, Judge lost a piece of his front left teeth in the celebration circle.
In addition to setting a position player record by striking out in 33 straight games on August 16, Judge launched a 457-foot home drive at Citi Field that reached the third deck.
Judge tied Bill Stoneman’s record of 37 straight games without a strikeout on August 20.
On September 4, Judge became the first MLB player since Jim Gilliam and the first AL rookie since Al Rosen (1950) to record 100 walks in a single season (1953).
The most walks by a rookie in a season since Ted Williams in 1939 were given to Judge during a game on September 10.
He also became the second rookie in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in a season within the same contest since McGwire (1987).
As the only Yankees to hit 40 home runs in a season at age 25 or under, he joined Babe Ruth (1920), Lou Gehrig (1927), Joe DiMaggio (1937), and Mickey Mantle (1956).
Where Did Aaron Judge Grow Up?
Aaron Judge grew up in Linden, California, United States.