Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are giving baseball its luster again with remarkable hitting feats.
Every so often Major League Baseball is blessed with players that come into the league and set remarkable records as rookies. This year will more than likely be one of those years.
In 1936, Joe DiMaggio debuted for the New York Yankees. He ended the season with a .323 average, 206 hits, 44 doubles, 15 triples, 29 home runs and 125 RBI’s. His 132 runs scored is an American League rookie record to this day.
In 1964, Tony Oliva had one of the greatest rookie seasons ever. Playing for the Minnesota Twins, he lead the American League in hits with 217, 43 doubles, 109 runs and batting average of .323. He became the first rookie to ever win the league batting crown. He won Rookie of the Year and almost became the first rookie to win the rookie of the year and the MVP awards in his first season.
11 years later, In 1975, Red Sox rookie Fred Lynn become the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and the American League MVP. He batted .331 and had 105 RBI’s and led the league in runs with 103, 47 doubles and ended with a .566 slugging percentage. He helped the Red Sox win the pennant that year as well.
While other rookies have come in to the league and had excellent years, practically none have accomplished what Ichiro Suzuki has.
In 2001, Ichiro Suzuki moved from Japan to play with the Seattle Mariners. He led the American League with 242 hits, 56 stolen bases and a .350 batting average. He became the first rookie to win a batting title, Rookie of the Year and the MVP awards in his first season. His 242 hits in his rookie season still is a MLB record.
The current record of 49 was set by slugger Mark McGwire and the next closest number being set by Frank Robinson in 1956 at 38. He is the only rookie to have more than 40 home runs in a single year.
As of late, these two rookies are topping each other night in and night out. This could be the year we witness two rookies exceed the 40 home run mark.
Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are adding a bit of excitement back to baseball midway through the 2017 MLB season. Fans are definitely getting their money worth.