Gary Sanchez made a ton of history with one swing in the New York Yankees’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Gary Sanchez becomes the fastest player to hit 💯 home runs in American League history 💥
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) August 24, 2019
Sanchez’s 100th blast was his 29th of the season, and it made him the fastest catcher in history to the century mark.
He also became the second-quickest player of any position to reach the milestone, taking only 355 games to do it. The 26-year-old surpassed Ralph Kiner, who hit his 100th bomb in his 376th game.
Ryan Howard holds the record after hitting triple digits in his 325th game.
The Sanchez deep drive gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Aaron Judge had hit his 97th career homer mere minutes before.
The big outfielder is playing in his 367th game; if he goes off in the next several contests, he could pass Kiner and become the third speediest to 100 dingers.
The Judge homer highlighted yet another interesting set of numbers.
Both Judge and Ryu don No. 99 jerseys. Per the Yankees’ broadcast team, Judge’s drive is thought to be the only homer in history in which both pitcher and batter were wearing No. 99 on their jerseys.
All those 99’s and 100’s a great, but what the Yankees and their fans really want is a three-game sweep of the Dodgers. If New York can pull that off, they’ll have the best record in the MLB.
Perhaps Gary Sanchez will get off to a rapid start on his next 100 homers to help his team top the league.