Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge currently sits atop all three Triple Crown categories in the American League. That was enough for him to take home AL Player of the Week honors.
“I think our guys realize it’s special watching his power. This is not something you see every day,” manager Joe Girardi said Sunday, per David Adler. “How can you not get excited over the home run he hit?”
Of course, the home run Girardi is talking about traveled 495 feet, and cleared the Yankee Stadium bleachers in left field. That shot currently holds the title as longest home run hit so far this season. The day before, Judge broke his own record for hardest-hit home run by hitting a 121.1 mph laser down the left field line at Yankee Stadium.
Judge sported a .500/.600/1.000 slashline over the week, with three home runs, six RBIs, six walks and 10 runs scored. He went 12-for-24 during that span. The rookie was named AL Rookie of the Month for both April and May. He currently leads the American League in overall All-Star votes.
“If the MVP were voted on today,” Yankees teammate Brett Gardner said also, “he’d win that, too.”