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New York Yankees Slugger Meet Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge has taken Major League baseball by storm. The beating New York Yankees outsider has dazzled and delighted observers with his power on the plate and surprising agility in the outfield. Richter, 25, dressed in a clinic on Monday and won the 2017 MLB Home Run Derby.

Culture Trip takes a look at Aaron James Judge with these 10 facts:

Most home runs by Yankees rookie

Richter surpassed the great Joe DiMaggio for most home runs by a Yankees rookie in his 30th home game of the 2017 season on July 7th. DiMaggio hit 29 home runs in 138 games in 1936, while it took Richter 84 games that season to break the record. "It's quite an honor," said Richter. "It's been a fun first half (of the season) so far."

Rewrite history.

The judge hands over the clipper. //t.co/CGZ9uVsss9 pic.twitter.com/AbOKn0v8i1

- New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 8, 2017

He was adopted

Born April 26, 1992 in Linden, Calif., Richter was accepted the next day by teachers Wayne and Patty Richter. It wasn't until he was 10 or 11 years old when Richter was told he was adopted. "I feel that they chose me," said Richter. "I feel that God is the one who brings us together." He says he calls his parents every day.

Three sports star in high school

While rising to prominence as a professional baseball player, Richter was a three-sports star at Linden High School in California, playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. Richter set school records for single-season touchdowns and receiving yards as a senior, and holds Linden's record for career receiving TDs.

Bubblegum superstition

Just before the first pitch pops two pieces of Dubble Bubble sugar-free gum into his mouth and will continue to chew these two pieces until he makes one out. It was a tradition he started in school. For example, if he goes 3-on-3, he's chewing the whole game, which usually lasts about three hours. "Hopefully by the end of the night I'll have an unpleasant, old, unflavored piece of gum in my mouth," he said. "... No, I keep it inside. It's luck."

Why is he wearing # 99

Richter is wearing number 99, a number given to him in spring training in 2016. He said he'd rather wear a number 44 (but it was retired by the Yankees to honor Reggie Jackson) or a number 35 (currently worn by pitcher Michael Pineda since 2014). "It grew a little on me," said Judge No. 99. "... My favorite was always 35."

attended Fresno State University

Richter was recruited from Stanford, Notre Dame and UCLA to play closely but decided to continue his baseball career in college at Fresno State University, where both his parents attended. He was even selected in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, but chose to play for the Bulldogs for three years. The Yankees selected him 32nd overall in the 2013 MLB Draft.

The Judges Chambers

Yankee Stadium is known for the Bleacher Creatures - a group of die-hard fans who occupy the right field bleachers in Section 203. The stadium is also now known for The Judge's Chambers - an 18-seat section that spans three rows in the right field that looks like a fake courtroom. Fans chosen at random to sit there are dressed in wigs, foam hammers, and judge's robes. All on!

The newest addition to Yankee Stadium?

The chambers of the judge. #AllRise pic.twitter.com/83ba8yhGSZ

- MLB (@MLB) May 22, 2017

Home race in the first MLB at-bat

It took Judge little time to make himself known in the major leagues and hit a home run in his first at-bat of his MLB debut against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 13, 2016. He married in his first at-bat the next game and became the second MLB player to make a home run in the first at -bat of his first two major league games.

size

At 6-foot-7, 282 pounds, Richter is one of seven MLB hits since 2000 to measure at least 6-7. His shoe size is 17. Ironically, Richter had an 88 percent success rate stealing bases at Fresno State University.

First rookie won MLB Home Run Derby

Along with Giancarlo Stanton, Judge was a pre-contest favorite, but after Stanton was eliminated in the first round and Richter eliminated Justin Bour for 23 home runs to Miami, Richter became the man beat. The rookie rose to beat the Dodgers 'Cody Bellinger in the second round before overtaking Twins' Miguel Sano in the final.

We've been telling you all year ... ALL RISE. pic.twitter.com/ZqYHFSi0JE

- New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 11, 2017


Author: Laurence Rose

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