The Yankees are putting together a record-breaking August, but it’s just another month at the office for right fielder Aaron Judge.
Aaron Judge is too busy hitting dingers to keep track of their historical significance. So when the slugger learned that his New York Yankees now hold the MLB record for homers in a calendar month, he was slightly shocked:
“I didn’t know we broke another record; that’s pretty amazing,” Judge told ESPN’s Marly Rivera on Sunday night.
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) August 25, 2019
DJ LeMahieu’s homer to leadoff the game against Los Angeles Dodgers’ lefty Clayton Kershaw gave the Bombers 59 taters in August. That tally tops 58-homer months by the 1999 Seattle Mariners and the 1987 Baltimore Orioles, both in the month of May.
Judge might be even more surprised to know that he and his comrades in pinstripes accomplished their feat in less games than the previous record holders. The Orioles took 28 games to put up their 58; the Mariners did it in 27.
The Yankees only needed 25 contests to tie the record, before shattering it in their 26th August matchup.
Despite his cluelessness, Judge payed a significant role in breaking the record. His shot off Kershaw in the third inning marked his third-straight contest with a homer. It also gave the Yanks an even 60 for the month.
The modern-day Babe Ruth/Johnny Sylvester …
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) August 26, 2019
Mike Ford added one more blast to New York’s record total, just for good measure.
Mike Ford hitting a home run off Clayton Kershaw is the most 2019 Yankees thing ever.pic.twitter.com/t5v6EeneZQ
— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) August 26, 2019
With four games remaining in August, the Yankees should add several more long balls to their collection. And if Judge continues his power surge, the team will likely push their total over 70.
The 27-year-old is on the cusp of making a little history of his own as well. His next round-tripper will be the 100th of his career; if he can do it within his next six games, he’ll be the third fastest player in history to triple digits.