If the season ended today, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge would win the Triple Crown.
As a rookie.
With two homers on Sunday — one a highlight-reel worthy 496-foot shot — he upped his mark to 21 this season and that goes right alongside a .344 batting average and 47 RBI. Will the Triple Crown pace continue? Who knows, but the power is a barometer of baseball card potential and he’s on pace to be among the best rookies in MLB history.
He’s on pace to top the 40-homer mark and that’s been done just one other time by a rookie. Even if he struggles some, by season’s end he’s likely to be very close to — if not among — the top 10 sluggers for most home run seasons by a rookie.
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More than 18,000 big-leaguers have taken the field since the National League was formed in 1876, and today’s the day that we can realize how unique some of those players are.
Today’s Feb. 29 — yep, it’s a Leap Year — and in 140 years of professional baseball at the highest of levels just 12 make the cut if you want a unique collection.
How? Only 12 big-leaguers were born on Feb. 29.