Aaron Judge leads betting odds to win Home Run Derby

by Jared Lewis July 11, 2017, 0:10
Aaron Judge leads betting odds to win Home Run Derby

In just four short years, the phenom has become a top player for the team and earlier this week tied Joe DiMaggio's New York Yankees record for home runs by a rookie. It took DiMaggio 128 games to reach 29 homers in his rookie season, but Judge eclipsed it in his 82nd game this year. The difference is DiMaggio hit his 29 in 138 games in 1936.

Aaron Judge is having the kind of season no one could have predicted, especially considering how low his batting average was last season after 27 games.

The Yankees lost Friday's game 9-4 to the Brewers.

Judge, who is 25, joins former slugger Mark McGwire as the only two rookies in the history of the game to hit 30 home runs or more prior to the break for the All-Star Game. His name is now atop DiMaggio's in the Yankees' record books.

Judge was shocked when he heard news of the sale, telling the New York Daily News: 'I don't even know what to say'. You talk about the home runs, the walks, the average he's hit for, the defense he's played.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge remains the best first-half story in all of Major League Baseball.

"That's a pretty special name he passed", Joe Girardi added. McGwire had 33 at the break in 1987.

"I wish all 30 were game winners", Judge said. He leads the majors in homers and he now has his name above that of DiMaggio in the record books for NY. After the game, he was asked when he will have a chance to sit down and reflect on his astounding first half. Judge went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.

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