Yankees’ Judge, Soto, Stanton join exclusive 15+ HR club, set new MLB record

Players of the New York Yankees: Aaron Judge, Juan Soto and Giancarlo Stanton.
Amanda Paula
Wednesday June 5, 2024

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Entering Wednesday, the New York Yankees hold MLB’s best record, a testament to their formidable trio of power-hitters. On Tuesday night, Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run homer made history, marking the first time in franchise history that three teammates—Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Juan Soto—have each hit at least 15 home runs within the first 62 games of a season.

Yankees trio make franchise history with power surge

Players of the New York Yankees: Aaron Judge, Juan Soto and Giancarlo Stanton.

The Yankees achieved a significant victory on Tuesday, setting a new franchise milestone. So far this season, Aaron Judge has hit 21 home runs, Juan Soto has added 17, and Giancarlo Stanton has contributed 15. James Smyth confirmed this achievement with a tweet stating, “It is the first time in Yankees history that three teammates have 15+ HR through the first 62 games of a season.” The Yankees also confirmed this milestone.

Aaron Judge and Juan Soto‘s performances have been widely praised, especially considering Judge’s slow start to the season. However, Stanton’s resurgence has been a standout story. Despite a modest .232 batting average and a .281 on-base percentage, Stanton’s power remains a critical asset. His .498 slugging percentage and 34 RBIs over 54 games highlight his significant impact on the team’s success.

Entering Wednesday, Giancarlo Stanton‘s slugging percentage ranked 21st in MLB, outperforming notable players like Yordan Alvarez (.494), Freddie Freeman (.482), and Pete Alonso (.475). While Stanton’s batting average and on-base percentage are not remarkable, his primary contribution is his power, and he continues to deliver in that regard.

At 34, Stanton’s role on the team is clear: he is a power hitter. While higher batting averages and more walks would be beneficial, his primary focus is on delivering home runs and driving in runs. His performance this season is a testament to his enduring power and importance to the team.

Looking Ahead

The New York Yankees, with their impressive 43-19 record, are set to face the Minnesota Twins again on Wednesday night at 7 PM EST at Yankee Stadium. This game will be another opportunity for the Yankees to showcase their power-hitting trio and continue their historic season.

As the Yankees move forward, their potent lineup, highlighted by Judge, Soto, and Stanton, positions them as one of the most formidable teams in MLB. The trio’s ability to hit home runs consistently not only adds to their individual legacies but also cements this season as a remarkable chapter in Yankees history.

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