Hardest Homer, Longest Homer Puts Aaron Judge on Pace for MLB's Third 50-Homer Season in a Decade

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Hardest Homer, Longest Homer Puts Aaron Judge on Pace for MLB’s Third 50-Homer Season in a Decade


Aaron Judge has gone completely mad.

In his last three games alone, he’s walked three times, hit three singles, two doubles, and FOUR home runs. And two of those home runs were of the record-setting variety.

Take a look:

That’s Aaron Judge breaking his own record for exit velocity on a home run in the Statcast era with a 121.1 MPH (!!!) blast out to left field. In fact, that’s the hardest hit base-hit in the Statcast era (besting the previous record of 120.3 MPH set by Giancarlo Stanton in 2015). I mean, what in the world is going on in the Bronx?

And that’s not the only record that homer help Judge set. He also now owns the four hardest-hit balls measured by Statcast this season. What a monster. And yet, somehow, that’s not even his most impressive homer of the weekend.

This is:

That 495 foot blast takes the top spot in the 2017 home run distance ledger by a massive 14 feet over Jake Lamb’s 481 Foot blast back in April. It’s also tied with Kris Bryant (495 feet in September of 2015) for the second longest homer in the last three seasons.

With 22 home runs on the season, Judge is leading all of Major League Baseball by four homers. And if you take his ZiPS projections seriously, he’s on pace for 55 total long balls by the end of the year.

That would represent just the third 50+ homer season in Major League Baseball in the last ten years and the sixth most homers in a season this millennium!

  1. Barry Bonds – 73 (2001)
  2. Sammy Sosa – 64 (2001)
  3. Ryan Howard – 58 (2006)
  4. Alex Rodriguez – 57 (2002)
  5. Luis Gonzalez – 57 (2001)

I told you. He’s going insane on some baseballs.


Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.