Aaron Judge crushes 460-foot moonshot, ties Schwarber, Acuña Jr for MLB HR lead

Aaron Judge Crushes 460-Foot Moonshot, Now Tied for MLB HR Lead with Schwarber and Acuña
Amanda Paula
Saturday June 1, 2024

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Aaron Judge‘s MVP-worthy performance in May has extended into June. During the New York Yankees’ 7-3 victory against the San Francisco Giants, Judge hit his 13th career home run of over 460 feet since 2017.

According to Sarah Langs, the New York Yankees’ captain set the record for the most home runs of over 460 feet in MLB during that span, including the playoffs, breaking a tie with Kyle Schwarber and Ronald Acuña Jr.

Watch Aaron Judge’s fantastic homer:

Can Aaron Judge top his 2022 record season?

Aaron Judge Crushes 460-Foot Moonshot, Now Tied for MLB HR Lead with Schwarber and Acuña

Aaron Judge’s 2024 statistics are outpacing his record-setting 2022 season at the start of the year. Despite initial concerns about his performance, Judge has silenced every doubter. As of April 22, he was hitting .174/.308/.337 with three home runs and 31 strikeouts. At age 32, it seemed plausible that his aggressive approach might be catching up to him.

However, Aaron Judge’s performance in May 2024 was outstanding. The Yankees’ captain posted a .371 batting average, 14 home runs, 27 RBIs, a .488 on-base percentage, a .928 slugging percentage, and a 1.415 OPS. By the end of May, Judge had 20 home runs for the season, compared to 12 by the same point in 2022.

To surpass his 2022 performance, Aaron Judge needs to exceed his monthly home run totals from last year: 11 in June (28 games), 13 in July (25 games), nine in August (27 games), 10 in September (25 games), and one in October (five games). Currently, Judge has 21 home runs and could potentially surpass his 2022 record.

In 2022, Aaron Judge set the Yankees‘ single-season home run record with 62 home runs, surpassing legends like Roger Maris and Babe Ruth. Concerns about his decline have vanished since his April slump.

In a 6-2 win over the Giants on Friday, Aaron Judge hit his 19th and 20th home runs of the season, taking the MLB lead in home runs. Judge added another homer in the sixth inning for his first multi-homer game of the season, becoming the first MLB player to reach 20 home runs this year.

Aaron Judge was previously tied at 18 home runs with Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson and Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker. Judge’s first home run also set a new record for the most extra-base hits by a Yankee in May, with 25, breaking a record previously held by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Aaron Judge’s dominant performance in May, hitting .371/.488/.928 with 14 home runs, highlights his unstoppable form. With Judge’s resurgence, alongside AL on-base percentage leader Juan Soto and a strong Yankees rotation, the Yankees hold a 41-19 record, leading the AL East.

Whether Judge can surpass his 2022 season remains to be seen.

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