Published On: Tue, Apr 17th, 2018

Aaron Judge fastest player to 60 career home runs

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This season is starting to look a lot like last season for Aaron Judge.


The Yankees slugger is showing no signs of a sophomore slump and continued to set records in a 12-1 win over the Marlins on Monday, blasting his fourth home run of the season and 60th of his career — which made him the quickest to reach 60 career home runs in MLB history in just his 197th game.


The previous quickest player to 60 home runs? Mark McGwire, who did it in 212 games with the Oakland A’s.


“Just another day. Just another home run,” Judge said after the game. “Happy to add another run to the board and help our team out.”

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Judge went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored before he was lifted in the seventh inning of an 11-0 game for Jace Peterson.


The home run — a solo shot to right-center field that left his bat at 108 miles per hour, according to Statcast — extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the second-longest of his career, and raised his batting average to .351 through 15 games while his on-base percentage rose to .479.


As fans continue to boo Giancarlo Stanton and gush over the hot start from Didi Gregorius, it almost feels like Judge has even gone under the radar as the most consistent and productive hitter in the Yankees lineup.

Aaron Judge hit his 4th homer of the season Monday.

(Julie Jacobson/AP)


Manager Aaron Boone credits the fact that almost every time he goes up to the plate he puts in a quality at-bat.

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“He kind of sets the tone,” Boone said. “His at-bat quality has been through the roof. Every time. Whether he makes an out, whether he gets on base, whether he goes deep, whatever it is, pitcher’s have to work very hard to make their best pitches to retire him.”


For Judge, it is simple.


“Just sticking to my plan,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing. Whether I started off hot, started off cold, the biggest thing is just not wavering off your plan, plan of attack. The minute I come in on the defensive and get off my plan bad things happen, so for me it’s always been about staying on top of pitches and sticking with approach.”


Judge did admit that maybe he’ll reflect on some of the accomplishments he has had early in his career, but for now he is sticking to taking things day-by-day.

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“Maybe as my career is over, my tail end look back and reflect on something like that,” he said. “But we got goals, stuff we got to accomplish this year so just got to focus on that right now.” 

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