Aaron Judge added another accomplishment Monday to what has already been a phenomenal rookie season, as the New York Yankees outfielder beat Miguel Sano to win the Home Run Derby title at Marlins Park.
Judge hit 11 homers in just 17 swings in the final round to beat the Minnesota Twins third baseman. Sano used a late rally to get himself into double digits, but that was no competition for Judge who hit 47 home runs throughout the three rounds.
The rookie right fielder put on quite a show for fans, including a 513-foot home run in the semifinals against Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger and a 507-foot home run to officially clinch his spot in the finals. He also started a bit of controversy in the first round by belting a ball so high that it hit off the roof at Marlins Park, bouncing back into play, and it wasn’t counted.
When asked by ESPN’s Buster Olney if he’ll participate in next year’s Home Run Derby at Nationals Park, he replied: “We’ll see.”
Judge entered the All-Star Break with a major league-best 30 home runs, which already broke the Yankees rookie record set by Joe DiMaggio. He needed 23 home runs in the first round to get past Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour, who used a donut from teammate Giancarlo Stanton to help power him to the second-highest total of the derby.
Stanton, who was expected to be a favorite alongside judge for this year’s derby, was eliminated in the first round by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who had 17 homers.