Gary Sanchez Ties Record for Fastest to Reach 20 Career Home Runs

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffSeptember 28, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:   Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees celebrates a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox with Jacoby Ellsbury #22 in the first inning at Yankee Stadium on September 27, 2016  in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

New York Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez hit his 20th home run of the season (and his career) in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, tying Wally Berger's record for fastest player to reach 20 career long balls, needing only 50 major league appearances to accomplish the feat, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The 23-year-old Dominican phenom did the deed in the first inning, launching a two-run shot to left field off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price.

While no longer a realistic part of the wild-card chase, the Yankees did bring Boston's impressive winning streak to an end at 11 games, putting a dent in their archrival's bid to earn the No. 1 or 2 seed in the American League playoffs.

However, the Red Sox still enter Wednesday just one-half game behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers for the top spot, with a one-game lead over the Cleveland Indians for the No. 2 seed.

In any case, Sanchez has been the leader of the Yankees' impressive second-half youth movement, with the team's combination of young talent and deep pockets providing hope for a quick return to playoff glory.

Prorated to a 150-game season, Sanchez's incredible numbers work out to 60 home runs, 96 runs and 126 RBI, though it is worth noting that catchers rarely make 150-plus appearances in a single season these days.

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