Aaron Judge of Linden, Calif. is continuing his excellent rookie season for the New York Yankees. On Sunday, Judge became the 11th rookie in Major League Baseball history to hit 35 home runs in a season as the Yankees hammered the Cleveland Indians 8-1 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
Judge hit the home run in the seventh inning off of Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger. It was a three run home run that went 394 feet and also scored left fielder Clint Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius.
Judge joins a list that includes Oakland Athletics first baseman Mark McGwire of Pomona, California (49 in 1987), Cincinnati Reds outfielder Frank Robinson of Beaumont, Texas (38 in 1956), Boston Braves outfielder Wally Berger of Chicago, Illinois (38 in 1930), St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (37 in 2001), Cleveland Indians third baseman Al Rosen of Spartanburg, South Carolina (37 in 1950), Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (36 in 2014), Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza of Norristown, Pennsylvania (35 in 1993), Chicago White Sox outfielder Ron Kittle of Gary, Indiana (35 in 1983), Detroit Tigers first baseman Rudy York of Ragland, Alabama (35 in 1937) and Cleveland Indians first baseman Hal Trosky of Norway, Iowa (35 in 1934). McGwire, Robinson, Pujols, Abreu, Piazza and Kittle would win the rookie of the year award.
The Yankees still trail the Boston Red Sox by three games in the American League East. The Indians lead the Kansas City Royals by three games in the American League Central.