After receiving his 2017 Silver Slugger award before Monday night's game, OF Aaron Judge decided to add another milestone to his young career.
Judge went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs as he extended his hitting streak to 12 games in Monday's 12-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. And that homer off Caleb Smith in the second inning made him the fastest player in MLB history to reach 60 home runs (197 games) -- five games faster than Mark McGwire's previous record.
After the game, Judge didn't seem shocked by the news. Instead, he was just happy he gave his team another run on the scoreboard.
"Happy to add another run to the board and help our team win," Judge told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.
Manager Aaron Boone, though, explained why Judge is hitting on all cylinders to start off his 2018 campaign.
"I talk to you guys all the time -- at-bat quality," Boone said. "His at-bat quality has been through the roof every time. Whether he makes an out. Whether he gets on base. Whether he goes deep. Whatever it is. The pitcher has got to work really hard and make all his best pitches if you're going to retire him. It seems like time and time again he just grinds you down and he's in a really good place up there."
Judge, who added an RBI single in the fifth inning, is hitting .400 with four home runs and 11 RBIs during his 12-game hitting streak.
The reigning American League Rookie of the Year has a .351/.479/.614 batting line so far this season and has recorded multiple hits in four of his last six games.