Aaron Judge ties Jeter’s HR feat, moves to No. 10 on Yankees all-time list

Yankees captain Aaron Judge hits a 450-feet home run against Cleveland in Progressive Field on April 14, 2024.
Inna Zeyger
Monday April 15, 2024

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Aaron Judge‘s prodigious power continues to etch his name in the Yankees’ annals. On Sunday, April 14 his towering three-run blast against the Cleveland Guardians propelled his team to an early lead. It also cemented his place in Yankee folklore. This historic homer marked Aaron Judge’s 260th career home run, tying him with legendary shortstop Derek Jeter for ninth place on the Yankees’ all-time home run list.

The 31-year-old slugger, now in his eighth season donning pinstripes, continues his ascent among the game’s greatest power hitters. His record-shattering 62-homer performance in 2022 still stands as the American League single-season record. With his sights set even higher, Aaron Judge now sits just 15 homers behind Jorge Posada (275) for eighth place on the Yankees’ all-time list, and 27 shy of Bernie Williams (287) for seventh place.

Beyond his incredible hitting prowess, Aaron Judge has also assumed a significant leadership role. He was bestowed with the prestigious captaincy of the Yankees in just his second season, a title previously held by Jeter from 2003 until his retirement in 2014.  

While Aaron Judge’s season started slowly with a .178 batting average entering the Cleveland series, his bat came alive against the Guardians. He went 4-for-13 over the three games, raising his average to a more respectable .207. Sunday’s home run served as a reminder of his immense power and potential, showcasing a resurgence that bodes well for the Yankees’ future.

As the Yankees head to Toronto and Aaron Judge is getting into hit mode, hopes are alive expecting a repeat of his 2023 feat at Rogers Center.

Aaron Judge equals Yankees Icon Jeter


With each powerful swing, Aaron Judge continues to etch his name deeper into the illustrious history of the New York Yankees. Despite the Yankees’ eventual 8-7 defeat to the Cleveland Guardians in extra innings on Sunday, Judge’s performance during the game carried profound significance.

His mammoth 450-foot, three-run homer in the third inning not only propelled the Yankees to an early lead but also marked a significant milestone in Aaron Judge’s career. This monumental blast was Judge’s 260th career home run, tying him with the iconic shortstop Derek Jeter for ninth place on the Yankees’ all-time home run list.

Jeter, an iconic figure in Yankee lore, spent his entire 20-year career with the team, guiding them to five World Series titles. His on-field achievements are unparalleled – a 14-time All-Star, Jeter amassed an impressive 3,465 hits and a remarkable 71.3 WAR during his tenure in pinstripes. With a batting average of .310 and an on-base percentage of .817, he cemented himself as a dominant offensive force throughout his career.

Following in Jeter’s illustrious footsteps, Aaron Judge assumed the mantle of captaincy for the Yankees in 2023, a testament to his leadership and profound impact on the team. He is expected to hold this esteemed position until his contract expires in 2031.

Aaron Judge’s accomplishment is made even more remarkable by the speed at which he has reached this milestone. Surpassing Graig Nettles‘ 250 home runs last season to break into the top 10, Judge achieved this feat in just 851 games with the Yankees, significantly fewer than Jeter’s 2,747 games played.

The slugger’s historic home run not only showcases his incredible power but also underscores his potential to join the ranks of the Yankees’ all-time greats, following in the footsteps of the legendary Derek Jeter.

Aaron Judge turns no. 10 on Yankees’ all-time HR list

The player of the New York Yankees, Aaron Judge.
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Aaron Judge’s colossal home run on Sunday not only leveled him with Derek Jeter but also set the stage for a potential ascent up the Yankees’ all-time home run leaderboard.

Already boasting three homers in 2024 and maintaining a career average of 41 homers per non-COVID season, Aaron Judge stands a realistic chance of concluding the year with nearly 300 career home runs. Considering his astounding record of 62 homers in 2022, the prospect of him joining the esteemed 300-homer club as early as this autumn is within reach.

Surpassing Jeter with his next home run will catapult Aaron Judge into sole possession of ninth place on the Yankees’ home run leaderboard. While his current batting average of .207 suggests room for improvement, his impressive on-base percentage coupled with his slugging power yields a robust .821 OPS.

Babe Ruth659
Mickey Mantle536
Lou Gehrig493
Joe DiMaggio361
Yogi Berra358
Alex Rodriguez351
Bernie Williams287
Jorge Posada275
Derek Jeter260
Aaron Judge260

Awaiting Aaron Judge on the Yankee home run ladder are two additional franchise legends – catcher Jorge Posada (275 homers) and outfielder Bernie Williams (287 homers). It’s highly probable that he will eclipse both Posada and Williams by season’s end, potentially securing seventh place on the list, just behind Alex Rodriguez’s remarkable 351 home runs.

Breaking into the top five may seem ambitious at present, with Yankee icons such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra firmly entrenched with their Hall of Fame-worthy totals. However, Aaron Judge’s prodigious power and current trajectory suggest he stands a strong chance of cracking the top ten this year and steadily ascending the ranks in the seasons ahead.

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