In case you missed it, New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge absolutely demolished a baseball on Sunday. The 25-year-old launched an 85 mph…something, 495 feet into the left field bleachers.
At 496 feet, Judge’s astounding blast was hit the longest distance a home run has traveled since ESPN began tracking home runs in 2009 and becomes only the third player to smash a ball over 490 feet in that time.
PLAYER HR DISTANCE
Aaron Judge 496 feet
Wladimir Balentien 495 feet
Giancarlo Stanton 495 feet
Giancarlo Stanton 494 feet
Giancarlo Stanton 490 feet
495 feet for Aaron Judge. My goodness. pic.twitter.com/fIUAGGE5S6
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 11, 2017
Here’s dinger #2 on the day, a laser shot to right center field, giving Judge 21 homers on the year, the most in the MLB. He is the first Yankees player 25-years-old or younger to hit 20 home runs before the All-Star break since Roger Maris in 1960.
— MLB (@MLB) June 11, 2017
“He hit a line drive to right field. It was just a line drive,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Most guys, they’re hoping it gets in the gap. It just went out. I mean his power is incredible.”
At the age of 25 years and 46 days, Judge is the youngest Yankees player to go 4-for-4 or better with two or more home runs since Mickey Mantle on May 18, 1956 (24, 211 days).
Judge leads the American League in home runs, RBIs (47), batting average (.344), total bases (150), and WAR (4.1). That’s good enough for the coveted Triple Crown right now.