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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. makes history with 40th homer

Sep 6, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) hits a solo home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 6, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) hits a solo home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. socked his 40th homer of the season Monday at Yankee Stadium, securing a couple of entries in the history books.

The 22-year-old first baseman became the youngest player in Blue Jays history to join the 40-homer club when he took New York Yankees starter Jameson Taillon deep in the first inning.

With two outs and the bases empty, Guerrero belted a 3-2 curveball over the fence in right field to give Toronto a 1-0 lead. Two pitches later, Marcus Semien homered to make it 2-0.

Guerrero and his father, Hall of Fame outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, also became the second father-son pairing to each post a 40-homer season. The elder Guerrero had back-to-back 40-homer seasons for the Montreal Expos in 1999 (42) and 2000 (44).

Cecil Fielder and Prince Fielder were the first to do so. Cecil hit 51 homers in 1990 and 44 more in 1991, both years with the Detroit Tigers. Prince smacked 50 round-trippers in 2007 and 46 in 2009 while playing with the Milwaukee Brewers.

–Field Level Media