Aaron Judges home run contrary to the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night tied Roger Maris single-season home run recorda record which has stood in the American League for a lot more than 60 yearsalthough baseball analysts still debate who holds the real record.
Judges home run was his 61st of the growing season, tied with Maris 61 in 1961, one before Babe Ruths 60 home runs in 1927, and 2 a lot more than the 59 his current teammate Giancarlo Stanton hit in 2017 while playing for the Miami Marlins, in accordance with Baseball Reference.
Despite the fact that Judges 61 home runs tie an American League record, three other playersBarry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa have hit more, with Sosa hitting 63-plus home runs in three seasons, McGwire hitting 65-plus twice and Bonds blasting a fantastic 73 home runs in 2001 with the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Giants.
Baseball purists, however, discredit all three sluggers records, following positive tests for performance-enhancing drugsMcGwire later admitted to using steroids, while Sosa has repeatedly denied ever with them and Bonds admitted to using cream distributed by his fitness expert, but said he didnt know these were steroids.
Judge, who’s batting .314 with 130 runs batted in, is locked in a race with LA Angels phenom and reigning MVP Shohei Ohtani for the American Leagues MVP awardOhtani has 34 home runs as a designated hitter this season, although on the mound he’s got 13 wins and a 2.43 ERA (fifth best in the league).
Judges 61 home runs, 130 RBIs and .314 average also put him in contention for the coveted triple crown award (reserved for players who finish first in every three categories), which includes only been accomplished 3 x during the past 50 years, lately in 2012 by Miguel Cabrera on the Detroit Tigers.
Judge hit 52 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, setting an American League record that year and earning him the rookie of the yearthough he was second overall to Stanton, who had 59 in the National League. Judge had 27 home runs in the 2018 and 2019 season, 9 in a pandemic-shortened 2020 season and 39 this past year, putting his career total at 219, the 23rd primarily active players, in accordance with Baseball Reference, although he could be the 3rd youngest of these 23, behind Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
Judge has launched 19 more home runs compared to the Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Schwarber (42), who gets the second most home runs in the MLB.
$19 million. Thats just how much the Yankees are paying Judge this year, in accordance with Spotrac. The Yankees right fielder becomes a free of charge agent by the end of the growing season, and baseball analysts expect him to get astronomical offers from teams over the MLB. In March, he rejected a seven-year, $213.5 million contract extension with NY, countering with $36 million each year for nine to a decade ($324 million to $360 million), based on the NY Post, and then abide by it up along with his best season of his career.
WHAT THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Whether Judge lands an enormous contract like Seattle Mariners rookie sensation Julio Rodriguez, who decided to a 14-year contract with $120 million guaranteed or more to $470 million if the team exercises an extension around 18 yearsthe biggest contract in the annals of the MLB.