Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Comparing Aaron Judge’s 2017 Season to Mark McGwire’s 1987 Season


No two men in the history of Major League Baseball have hit more home runs as a rookie than the Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge and former Oakland Athletics slugger Mark McGwire. McGwire held the single-season record for home runs by a rookie since the 1987 season but Aaron Judge has put out an all-out assault on the record here in 2017 which got me thinking, how do the two seasons compare statistically? I mean I get that it was an entirely different game back in the late-80’s and who knows when McGwire really started doing steroids, PED’s or any sort of other enhancements but let’s just take these stats for what they are and compare them like apples to apples. Because why? Because why not, it’s interesting and because you may learn something here in the process. That’s why, now enjoy.

Judge- 2017:
Standard Batting
Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
201725150656527124149223501088120203.283.418.6201.038167




McGwire – 1987:
Standard Batting
Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
198723OAK1516415579716128449118171131.289.370.618.987164



Congratulations to Aaron Judge on passing McGwire for the single-season home run record for a rookie. All rise and all stats courtesy of Baseball Reference. 

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