Aaron Judge Ties Joe DiMaggio's Yankees Record for Home Runs in Rookie Season

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2017

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge watches his two-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Aaron Judge hit his 29th home run of the 2017 season Wednesday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays to tie the New York Yankees team record for most homers in a rookie year, held by Joe DiMaggio.

The Yankees passed along word of the achievement, which comes before they even enter the All-Star break.

Although Judge's immense power potential was a well-known commodity, the magnitude of his breakout rookie campaign has been extraordinary. He's on pace to swat nearly 60 homers while also challenging for the Triple Crown thanks to a batting average hovering around .330.

The 25-year-old California native looks like a completely different player than one year ago when he posted a .179/.263/.345 triple-slash line with four homers across his first 27 games with the Yankees.

In turn, he's become one of the diehard fanbase's most popular players. He talked about the rapidly growing fan support with Malika Andrews of the New York Times on Monday.

"It's incredible," Judge said. "I'm just really appreciative."

He'll showcase his remarkable pop on a national scale next Monday night at Marlins Park in Miami as he helps headline the 2017 Home Run Derby.

While some Yankees fans might be worried about the impact of taking part in the showcase event, Ken Woolums and Daniel R. Braunstein of FiveThirtyEight have debunked the theory that swinging in the Derby leads to a worse second half of the season.

Until then, Judge will attempt to move past Joltin' Joe into sole possession of the illustrious franchise's rookie home run record.