Yankees Judge rules rookie home run record

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City
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New York (AFP) – New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire’s 30-year-old rookie home run record on Monday, belting his 50th homer of the season in his team’s victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Judge smacked his record-breaking homer with the Yankees down two outs in the bottom of the seventh innning at Yankee Stadium.

Earlier the 25-year-old had tied McGwire’s record of 49 homers when he bludgeoned Royals starter Jakob Junis into the right-center field stands.

His 50th homer came off the pitching of Trevor Cahill, with the ball flying into the left field seats.

Judge was given a resounding ovation after rounding the bases following his record homer.

Judge becomes only the fifth player in Yankees history to score at least 50 home runs in a season.

His record-setting mark sees him join an illustrious club which includes Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Alex Rodriguez.

McGwire’s rookie season record of 49 home runs had stood since 1987.

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