Al MVP Aaron Judge Once Showcased His Powerful Swing as He Caused Some Real Damage in Yankee Stadium

Published 01/21/2023, 8:50 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 15: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits a first inning home run against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Aaron Judge is one of the best power hitters in the MLB right now. In fact, his batting ability is what has earned him acclaim and plaudits over the years. With his powerful swing, the Yankees slugger was able to hit 62 home runs in 2022 and won the AL MVP award. Furthermore, he has consistently gotten better as a batter over the years.

But even during his early years in the League, Judge was an extremely powerful and forceful hitter. In fact, during his rookie year, Judge once caused a bit of damage while practicing his hitting.

Aaron Judge broke a TV in Yankee Stadium while doing batting practice

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In 2017, Aaron Judge was in the midst of his rookie season and slowly making a name for himself in the League. He had already started being recognized for his powerful batting ability, but one incident made it even more clear. In May 2017, while doing his batting practice, Judge launched a home run into the stands and it caused some real damage. His hit landed on the Yankees’ outfield terrace and destroyed a flatscreen TV. YES Network reported the news and shared it on Twitter. 

In the Tweet, YES Network said “Aaron Judge’s batting practice session caused some real DAMAGE at the Stadium earlier today.” They also shared footage of the hit itself and the damage it caused while reporting the news. The reporters stated that Judge had hit the ball a distance of 450 to 475 feet.

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The Yankees played the Toronto Blue Jays that night and won the game 8-6. Judge’s batting practice seemed to help as he hit a clutch home run to help the Yankees gain victory. In 2017, Judge continued to hit home runs with great regularity and took home some top honors at the end of the season. 

Judge was named 2017 AL Rookie of the Year

In 2017, Aaron Judge finished the season with 52 home runs, setting a then record for the most homers by a rookie. He was unanimously named the AL Rookie of the Year and finished second in AL MVP voting. Furthermore, he also picked up a Silver Slugger award as well. To top it off, Judge won the Home Run Derby that year and received a special gift in honor of his achievements.

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This was the beginning of Judge’s journey to becoming one of the MLB’s best power hitters. What do you think of the fact that Judge destroyed a television while doing his batting practice? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. On completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, he followed his passion for writing and started working as a content writer. His passion for sports has led him to sports journalism.

Edited By: Abhishek Kumar

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