The Yankees and MLB celebrated the achievement:
New York Yankees @Yankees
Time to edit the history books! #AllRise for Aaron Judge – the new record holder for most HR by a rookie! https://t.co/KuE2otXn7B2017-9-25 19:20:42
No. 50 – and @TheJudge44 stands alone. That’s the most home runs EVER for a rookie. https://t.co/DQhsmHHlyE2017-9-25 19:20:50
Judge tied McGwire with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning that put the Yankees ahead 3-0, and he went yard again in the bottom of the seventh with a solo blast that gave New York a 7-3 lead.
MLB shared a replay of the record-setting shot:
Many have stepped to the plate. None have hit 50 homers as a rookie. Until now. #AllRise https://t.co/CnWnnPRBQY2017-9-25 19:35:56
Judge increased his lead in the American League home run race over Athletics left fielder Khris Davis, who had 41 homers entering Monday night's game versus the Seattle Mariners. Catching Giancarlo Stanton for the MLB lead will be difficult, though, since the Miami Marlins right fielder had 57 homers.
Judge endured a rough stretch after the All-Star break. He batted .207 with 80 strikeouts in 223 plate appearances between July and August. The presumptive Rookie of the Year has righted the ship in September, though.
He had a .296/.436/.831 slash line this month prior to Monday, and as a result, he has re-emerged as a strong contender for the American League MVP Award. According to FanGraphs, Judge is tied with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve in WAR (7.3) among position players.
Whether or not he bests Altuve and others for MVP, Judge's prodigious power already has put him in the MLB record book.