Sunday afternoon, Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge crushed his 47th and 48th home runs of the season, meaning he is very close to making some impressive history. The all-time rookie record is 49 home runs by Mark McGwire with the 1987 Athletics. Judge is one away from tying Big Mac's record and two away from becoming the first 50-homer rookie in MLB history. Judge, who struggled through a pretty massive slump in the weeks following the All-Star break, has turned things around in a big way in September. He is hitting .296/.436/.831 with 11 home runs in 21 games this month. The second half slump is over. Needless to say, Judge is the overwhelming favorite for AL Rookie of the Year, and he's also a bona fide MVP candidate. The second half slump cut into his candidacy for a while, but now that he's raking again, is it possible he could steal award? Well, sure, of course he could. But should he? The AL MVP front-runner at this point seems to be Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, and hey, he deserves to be. Altuve has been one of the best players in baseball this season, and for most of the summer the 'Stros were the top team in the AL. Being the best player on the best team in the league is a good way to get MVP votes.
AL MVP Watch: Can Yankees' Aaron Judge steal the award with his big September?
CBS Sports | Sep 25