Aaron Judge is the brand new home run king — at the least to some folks.
The Yankees outfielder made historical past Tuesday, hitting his 62nd home run of the season to break Roger Maris’ American League and franchise record set in 1961 — and, some would say, the respectable MLB record.
He reached the landmark quantity towards Jesus Tinoco of the Texas Rangers, main off within the second-to-last common season recreation on the season.
In the primary recreation of Tuesday’s doubleheader, Judge went 1 for five because the designated hitter, singling and scoring the eighth inning. The frustrations of his homerless drought started to present as he was caught slamming his helmet within the dugout after a fifth inning pop-out.
It’s probably the most homers hit in a season since Barry Bonds set his PED-tainted record of 73 home runs in 2001 with the Giants. Sammy Sosa, one other slugger disgraced by his attachment to steroids, hit 64 that season with the Cubs. Sosa’s career-high of 66 got here in 1998 throughout his chase with Mark McGwire, who completed with 70 home runs.
While many think about Bonds’ record to be illegitimate due to his connection to steroids, Judge stated he nonetheless believes Bonds is the home run champ.
“The record’s the record,” Judge stated earlier in September. “That’s what I go by. I watched him as a kid flip the ball into the bay with ease. That hasn’t changed.”
Judge first expressed the sentiment in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, saying, “No one can take that from him.”
But Judge stated he hasn’t been targeted on Maris’ milestone.
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“I’m not really chasing or looking at anything,” Judge stated of his transfer up the home run leaderboard. “It’s just happening.”
And Judge, who grew up in California rooting for Bonds and the Giants, added he doesn’t plan on gunning for Bonds’ 73, both.
“Not really,” Judge stated. “That was a pretty unreal year. That’s a hard number to catch.”
This year, nothing appears out of attain for the 30-year-old Judge, who began the season by rejecting the Yankees’ seven-year, $213.5 million contract extension supply and selected to gamble on himself and head to free company, unwilling to negotiate throughout the season.
That’s shaping up to be among the best bets of all-time. Judge has responded with a season for the ages, set to lead the majors in homers and RBIs.
He is nearly sure to win his first AL MVP award, regardless of Shohei Ohtani’s two-way brilliance with the Angels.
Making Judge’s achievement much more exceptional is that he bought off to a comparatively sluggish begin, hitting only one home run in his first 54 plate appearances.
His tempo by way of the guts of the season was extraordinarily constant, with 12 homers in May, 11 in June and 13 in July.
Now, the baseball world will wait and see what number of home runs Judge finally ends up with — and the way a lot it should value the workforce that will get him within the offseason.