It’s been an uneven start to the 2021 MLB season for the New York Yankees, both in terms of on-field performance and off-field drama. While the team has a winning record, New York trails the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox in the AL East standings. They are also in the midst of a new controversy, as ace Gerrit Cole has apparently admitted to handling baseballs. The Yankees would surely welcome a hot streak from sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton at this point, not only to help the team climb the ranks, but also to distract everyone from the current news cycle. And for Yankees fans, there’s reason to believe a homerun binge is coming. In a 9-6 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, Judge threw his 15th long ball of the season (tied for seventh in MLB), while Stanton hit two home runs to bring his season total to 11.
Which brings us to today’s quiz. Wednesday’s game was the first since April 27 in which both Judge and Stanton hit home runs in the same game, and it is the third time it has occurred all season. They’ll have to do more of that if the Yankees hope to keep up in their division. So with that in mind, how many of the New York Yankees players who have at least 40 home runs in a season can you name in five minutes?