Major League Baseball has a new megastar on their hands.
The megastar is New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge who became the first rookie to hit 50 home runs. By doing this, it would be tying Mark McGwire's rookie record that has stood since 1987.
With all of that said, it leaves the rookie with six more games to eclipse Big Mac. Keep in mind that the record 5,882 home runs have been well-distributed and most teams are on track to set a new mark for players with at least 25 home runs.
This is great news for the sport of baseball. In recent years, there has been a concern within those in the industry that the sport was generating interest with the older audience rather than younger.
Sports like football, soccer, and basketball has stolen the younger audience away from the MLB.
The New York Yankees rookie slugger also topped the league in jersey sales during the 2017 season. MLB has announced the rundown of the top 10 in terms of jersey sales with Judge beating out a pair of Chicago Cubs in third baseman Kris Bryant and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Judge ended up setting MLB rookie record in 2017 by clubbing 52 home runs.
In addition to his 52 homers, Judge produced an impressive slash line of .284/.422/.627. He also drove in 114 runs, scored 128, walked 127 times and struck out 208.
He led the American League in home runs, runs, walks and strikeouts and set a number of team records over the course of a historic and roller-coaster-esque season.
Following a dominant first half and an incredible performance en route to winning the Home Run Derby, Judge slumped for two months before regaining his form in September with 15 home runs and 32 RBI.
What’s impressive is that Judge struck out more in a single season than anyone in Yankees history, but he also broke Babe Ruth's record for most home runs at home with 33. Judge is a big dude as he’s 6'7", 282-pound right fielder is the clear choice for AL Rookie of the Year.
As of this writing, he should be part of a two-horse race with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve for AL MVP honors.