Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge, Bellinger Could Shatter Rookie Hr Record

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judge, Bellinger Could Shatter Rookie Hr Record

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Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger each have a chance to break the rookie record for home runs in a season.

Mark McGwire, the player who set the record with 49 in 1987, is admiring their pursuit.

Judge, the Yankees right fielder, returns from the All-Star break with 30 homers in 84 games. Bellinger, the Dodgers' first baseman-outfielder who debuted on April 25, has 25 in 70 games.

McGwire had 33 homers for the A's at the break as he went after the record of 38 held jointly by Wally Berger (1930 Reds) and Frank Robinson (1956 Reds).

"They've been so impressive and so awesome to watch," McGwire, 53, the bench coach for the Padres, wrote in an email forwarded by the team. "Being able to watch Bellinger from the other dugout and watch Judge from afar -I wish them the best of luck. …

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