If Aaron Judge has not proved that he is the real deal to this point, he certainly has now. Last night, the Yankees outfielder took home the home run derby title and did so in historic fashion.
Not only did Judge hit home run after home run, he absolutely blasted them. The question coming into last night’s derby was could he hit a home run over 500 feet. Judge set this historic mark multiple times by hitting four home runs 501, 504, 507 and 513 feet.
Judge was nearly bounced in the first round by hometown favorite and Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour, who hit 22 home runs in the first round. It came down to the last thirty seconds for Judge but he was able to pull through and knock out Bour.
On the other side of the bracket Giancarlo Stanton was the favorite to face judge in the finals. He was knocked out early by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.
The final round came down to Judge and Minnesota Twins’ Miguel Sano. At this point, both players were fatigued, so it would not take many home runs to take home the title. Sano finished the round with 10 home runs and Judge hit his 11th with two minutes left on the clock.
Judge has recently emerged as arguably one of the best young talents in the league. Just prior to the all-star break, Judge totaled his 30th home run of the year which broke the previous record for the most home runs by a Yankee’s rookie in a single season.