Aaron Judge Hits 1st Career Grand Slam, Celebrates with Teammates

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28:  Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits a grand slam in the third inning as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics defends on May 28, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Aaron Judge's impressive power was on display again Sunday as the New York Yankees outfielder hit his first career grand slam. 

Judge gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead over the Oakland Athletes in the bottom of the third. ESPN Stats & Info provided some of the specifics behind the blast:

The 25-year-old has made an immediate impact in his first full season in the Bronx, and his popularity is such that the Yankees created a section in his honor inside their home stadium:

With 16 home runs through 45 games, Judge has a great chance of topping Joe DiMaggio's record for most homers by a Yankees rookie. DiMaggio hit 29 in 1936.

Not only is Judge leading the race for American League Rookie of the Year, but he's also at least in the discussion for Most Valuable Player. Entering Sunday, he was third among AL position players in WAR (2.3), per FanGraphs.

If the Yankees, who were 28-18 and first in the AL East before Sunday's game, continue outperforming expectations and win the division, then Judge's MVP candidacy will only grow stronger.