New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hit his 100th career home run on Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners.
In the top of the first inning, Judge smacked the first pitch he saw from Mariners left-hander Yusei Kikuchi to deep center field to give the Yanks an early 2-0 lead.
100 for 99.
Aaron Judge is the third-fastest player to reach 100 home runs in MLB history 🚀
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 28, 2019
Having been his 371st game, Judge is the third-fastest player to reach 100 home runs. Only Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (355 games) and former Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (325 games) were quicker to triple-digit home run totals.
After the game, Judge mentioned that it’s “Quite an accomplishment. I’m humbled and honored by that, but you’ve got to keep moving forward,” per Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.
Yankees skipper Aaron Boone addressed Judge to the media after the game. This should be one of the first of many milestone achievements for Judge in his career.
“Guys look to him so much,” Boone said. “He is such a powerful presence. He is one of the voices of our team. Certainly, the face of our club and then throw on top of it one of the elite players in the game. So when he is going like he usually is, he is a real problem for the other team.”
The Yanks will go for the sweep in Seattle on Wednesday. First pitch is at 4:10 p.m. ET. New York will finally return to Yankee Stadium for a six-game homestand on Friday.