Aaron Judge Hits Rookie Record 50 Dingers

    Baseball needed a hero and they found one in Aaron Judge. My colleague Rob Parker has been singing the Yankee rookies lofty praises ever since he hit 30 first half bombs, dominated the spotlight during the home run derby and became the future face of baseball. 

    FS1 on Twitter

    Rob Parker’s Top 5 Sluggers of All Time…and yes, Aaron Judge is already on the list. https://t.co/pv1bTlcCXe

    When Judge hit an inevitable slump to begin the second half, fair weathered journalists started doubting him, as if they had no idea about the roller coaster world that is pro baseball. 

    Judge weathered the storm and endured the highs and lows, hot streaks and hitless streaks that go along with an MLB season. Baseball greatness isnt affirmed on a day by day basis, but at the end of the season when you can appreciate the body of work that the player has produced. 

    Judges body of work has been historical as he launched two homers (his 49th and 50th) on Monday to move past Mark McGwire and become the all-time rookie home run king.  Big Mac smashed 49 in 1987 for the Oakland Athletics. 

    The 6-foot-8, 250-pound, statuesque Bronx Bomber has given the playoff-bound Yankees a new superstar to believe in. A guy who exudes the same confidence, humility, leadership and character as Derek Jeter once did for this franchise. Not only can Judge mash and hes a power slugger, but hes a marketing machine whose face you will start to see all over the TV screens in short order. 

    New York Yankees on Twitter

    The Bronx salutes you, Aaron. https://t.co/gmvDdFDTFJ

    He’s the kind of African-American idol that can inspire more young brothers to play baseball. The legend of Aaron Judge is just beginning. On to the playoffs. People will be on the edge of their seats waiting to see what this monster masher does next. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.