It’s safe to say that Aaron Judge‘s Yankees career has started in historic fashion.
Judge was called up to the big league roster before Saturday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 24-year-old went 2-4 with an RBI in his MLB debut, and found himself as part of unique MLB history in the process.
Right after fellow rookie Tyler Austin hit his first MLB home run in the second inning, Judge followed by hitting a homer of his own. His first big league homer traveled 446 feet, going over the center field wall into Monument Park.
Austin and Judge became the first pair of teammates to ever homer in their first big league at-bats in the same game. Nonetheless, the two rookies accomplished the feat by hitting back-to-back homers, which makes the accomplishment even more unique.
The Baseball Hall of Fame has requested the bats the Yankees rookies used during the game, but Judge isn’t ready to part with his bat just yet. The 24-year-old outfielder plans on sticking with the bat until it breaks or when he starts to feel uncomfortable with it.
Sticking with the same bat turned out to be a wise choice for the 24-year-old. On Sunday afternoon, Judge followed up his impressive MLB debut by hitting a screaming line drive into the right-center-field bleachers, his second homer in as many days. The Yankees ended up losing the ballgame, but fans got to witness first-hand how much power this young outfielder truly possesses.
In his third Major League game on Monday night, Judge went 2-3 with a walk, and his RBI double in the fourth inning off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey proved to be the game winner for the Yankees in a 1-0 victory.
Since RBI became official in 1920, Aaron Judge is 1st Yankee with extra-base hit and RBI in his first 3 career games pic.twitter.com/Zngpe6qTmY
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 16, 2016
Judge wasn’t done making history after his big league debut. Since RBIs became an official stat in 1920, Judge is the first Yankee ever to record an extra-base hit and RBI in his first three games with the team.
Since spending time with the big league club during spring training, Judge has made some adjustments to his swing that have definitely benefited him. The YES Network team of Bob Lorenz, Jack Curry and John Flaherty went into further detail on the adjustments the 24-year-old has made.
.@boblorenz, @JackCurryYES & @flash17yes break down the improvements Aaron Judge has made to his powerful swing.https://t.co/DZBIiV1okp
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 16, 2016
For the Yankees, the future definitely looks bright. With some young prospects such as Judge recently making an big impact on the big league roster, Yankee fans are hopeful that these young talents can play big roles in helping bring the Yankees back to the top of the baseball world in the very near future.