Aaron Judge has been one of baseball’s most productive hitters so far this season. Through 29 games, the New York Yankees’ right fielder is first in the American League in home runs, slugging percentage, OPS, runs and total bases (and second in RBI), making the 25-year-old an early and obvious favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors — if not the league MVP.
Judge’s tear has shocked some, considering his struggles over 95 plate appearances last season, but what makes Judge’s success more stunning is the height at which he’s done it. At 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds, Judge is among the biggest players in baseball, and while tall pitchers are not uncommon, batters Judge’s size don’t typically find much long-term success in the league.
In fact, according to MLB Network research, only 12 players 6-foot-6 or taller have totaled 1,000 plate appearances. With that in mind, here’s a look back at some of the most towering hitters in big league history:
The only Hall of Famer on this list, Winfield stood at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds during his playing days and spent more than two decades in the league, including nine years with the Yankees. In 2,973 regular-season games, Winfield logged 3,110 hits, 465 home runs and 1,833 RBI. And in 1992, at age 41, his 11th-inning, two-run double in Game 6 of the World Series won a championship for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 6-foot-7, 255-pound Howard spent most of his 16-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators. A four-time All-Star with 382 career home runs and more than 1,100 RBI, Howard won NL Rookie of the Year in L.A. in 1960 and won a World Series with the club in 1963. After his playing career ended, Howard spent more than 20 years as a coach, including stints as the manager of the Padres and Mets.
Though never a superstar, Hart was a highly productive player during his 11-year big league career, most of which was spent with the Milwaukee Brewers. A 6-foot-6, 240-pound outfielder and occasional first baseman, Hart made two All-Star teams and hit 143 of his 162 career homers between 2007-12. He last played for the Pirates in 2015.
Already a three-time All-Star, the Marlins’ 27-year-old slugger is one of baseball’s biggest hitters. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton already has 219 long balls to his name and finished second in the 2014 NL MVP race, when he smacked 37 homers and drove in 105 runs.
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Clark, a 6-foot-8, switch-hitting first baseman, played for 15 years and earned his lone All-Star nod in 2001 with the Detroit Tigers. For his career, the former No. 2 overall pick hit 251 home runs and drove in 824 runs, and Clark has served as executive director of the MLB Players’ Association since 2013.
Another former Brewer, the 6-foot-7, 205-pound Sexson played 12 years in the majors and made back-to-back All-Star appearances with Milwaukee in 2002 and 2003. Primarily a first baseman, Sexson hit 306 career home runs, had six 100-RBI seasons and has the highest career slugging percentage among the players on this list, at .507. He last played in 2008, with the Yankees.
An eight-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion, Strawberry won NL Rookie of the Year with the Mets in 1983 and led the NL with 39 home runs in 1988, finishing second in the league MVP race. At 6-foot-6, Strawberry towered over most other hitters, but he was also on the thin side and officially checked in at 190 pounds.
A 6-foot-7 outfielder and first baseman, Bond played in parts of six major-league seasons with Cleveland, Houston and Minnesota and hit 41 career home runs before passing away from leukemia at age 29 in 1967.
A 6-foot-6 first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Schultz’s contract was purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies less than a month after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier during the 1947 season. A lifetime .241 hitter, Schultz appeared in 470 games during his time in the big leagues and belted 24 career home runs
A former Texas football recruit, Dunn earned the nickname “Big Donkey” thanks to his 6-foot-6, 285-pound frame. He hit 462 career home runs in 14 big-league seasons, good for 35th all-time. However, he also struck out at an epic rate, logging 2,379 Ks in 2,001 regular-season games, trailing only Reggie Jackson and Jim Thome in the category. Dunn last played in 2014, with the Oakland A’s.
Known for his tape-measure home runs, the 6-foot-6 Kingman played with seven teams during his 16-year career and led the NL in homers twice, once with the Cubs in 1979 and again with the Mets in 1982. Overall, Kingman hit 442 career home runs and made three All-Star teams before ending his career in Oakland in 1986.
John Mayberry Jr.
The son of a former All-Star by the same name, Mayberry Jr. stood three inches taller than his dad, at 6-foot-6 and spent most of his seven-year major league career in Philadelphia, where he hit 52 of his 56 career home runs. The younger Mayberry’s last big-league action came in 2015, with the Mets