NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge may not be able to fully appreciate some of his individual accomplishments at the moment, but his Yankees teammates seem to understand that they have been witnessing something special.Playing in his 197th game, Judge established a Major League record during Monday's 12-1 victory over the
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge may not be able to fully appreciate some of his individual accomplishments at the moment, but his Yankees teammates seem to understand that they have been witnessing something special.
Playing in his 197th game, Judge established a Major League record during Monday's 12-1 victory over the Marlins, cracking the 60th career home run to become the fastest player in history to reach that mark in terms of games played.
"It's huge," Giancarlo Stanton said. "He's starting where he finished off last year. Keep driving. He's pushing the envelope for things that haven't been done. It's cool to watch."
The homer, Judge's fourth of the season, was a second-inning solo shot to right-center field off of Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith. Statcast™ calculated the drive's exit velocity at 108.2 mph, traveling a projected 386 feet.
"It's just another day, another home run," Judge said. "I'm just happy to add another run to the board and help our team out."
The previous record was held by Mark McGwire, who hit 60 homers in his first 202 Major League games with the Athletics from 1987-88. Asked if the accomplishment had any meaning to him, Judge paused and replied: "Not really."
"Maybe once my career is over or at the tail end, you look back and reflect on something like that," Judge said. "We've got goals, we've got stuff we've got to accomplish this year. I'm just going to focus on that right now."
With a 2-for-4 performance, Judge extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tying the Mariners' Dee Gordon and the Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna for the longest in the Majors this season. Judge is batting .400/.534/.711 (18-for-45) with 14 runs, two doubles, four homers, 11 RBIs, 12 walks and 13 strikeouts during the stretch.
"He's in a really good place at the plate right now," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Judge has also hit safely in 17 straight home games, dating to Sept. 17 of last season. If Judge can notch a hit tonight against the Marlins, he will equal Carlos Beltran for the Yankees' record of games with a consecutive hit at the current Yankee Stadium (18 games: July 19-Aug. 26, 2015).
"I'm just sticking to my plan. That was the biggest thing," Judge said. "If I start off hot or start off cold, the biggest thing is not wavering off your plan. That plan of attack, the minute I get off my plan and get on the defensive, bad things happen. It's always been about staying on attack, hunting pitches and staying with your approach."
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.