Yankees’ Aaron Judge smashes 58th home run, moves within 3 of tying Roger Maris’ AL single-season record – Yahoo Sports

Yankees' Aaron Judge smashes 58th home run, moves within 3 of tying Roger Maris' AL single-season record - Yahoo Sports

Aaron Judge crushed his 58th homer of the season Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Judge’s blast came from Jason Alexander in the third inning.

With the New York Americans trailing 4-1, Judge hit a sinker for an outfield blast that landed in the second row at American Family Field.

He is now just three shy of tying Roger Maris’ famous American League record of 61 home runs.

What home run records is Aaron Judge chasing?

While Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire beat Maris’ long-standing record in their late 90s, early 2000s slugfests, they all did so in the National League (and under a cloud of performance-enhancing drug suspicion). The mark of the great man of the Yankees, 61, still rules in the AL.

In fact, the top AL home run seasons are mostly held by the likes of Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg.. Judge’s 2022 is now tied for fourth. Only Maris and Ruth hit more. Before Judge, the closest any modern player had come to beating Maris was Alex Rodriguez’s 57-homer campaign for the 2002 Texas Rangers.

Maris and Ruth (in 1927) have the only 60-homer seasons in Yankee history, with Ruth also recording a 59-homer year in 1921. Judge himself was the last Yankee to surpass the 50-homer threshold, during his Rookie of the Year. – winning 2017.

Aaron Judge is slowing down at a rate not seen since baseball's crazy steroid era, threatening to eclipse the hallowed Yankees and Roger Maris' AL record of 61 home runs in a season.  (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Aaron Judge is slowing down at a rate not seen since baseball’s crazy steroid era, threatening to eclipse the hallowed Yankees and Roger Maris’ AL record of 61 home runs in a season. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Maris’ son thinks 61 is the “real record”. Judge regards the 73 of Bonds as the mark

The Maris family was deeply involved in the 1998 home run chase that saw 61 hit for the first time. They were on hand to witness Mark McGwire hit number 62. When McGwire’s use of performance-enhancing drugs was reported, the former Cardinals slugger reportedly called Maris’ widow to apologize.

Kevin Maris, Roger’s second son, told New York Magazine that he would be “excited” for Aaron Judge. if he eclipses his father’s legendary 1961 season. He also waded into the now decade-old argument over whether the home run bombardments of Bonds, Sosa and McGwire — allegedly aided by steroids — should be immortalized in the record books.

“I think the public opinion says that dad really has the record,” Kevin Maris said. “How can you celebrate people who can cheat the game? It’s not done in any other sport. So I’d have to go with the court of public opinion.”

For his part, Judge is not swayed. He told Sports Illustrated that he considers Bonds the single-season home run king. Worth remembering Judge grew up in Northern California while Bonds was hitting in San Francisco, and was nine years old during the 2001 season.

Is there another story on the line?

With his next bomb, Judge will tie teammate Giancarlo Stanton’s single-season home run mark among active players. Stanton crushed 59 home runs during his 2017 NL MVP season for the Miami Marlins.

At one point, he was 20 home runs shy of second place on the MLB home run leaderboard, a feat not seen since 1928.

Oh and by the way, Judge is suddenly running at the Triple Crown. He leads comfortably in home runs (duh) and RBIs. Some AL hitters surpass him in batting averagebut it is still possible he might claim another hallowed honor.

Betting on Aaron Judge

If you’re so inclined, there are several future bets to be made on Judge’s amazing MVP and home run, but, as with many things in life, you’ll have to spend money to make money. Judge currently sports a -5000 money line at BetMGM to win the AL MVP and -400 to hit over 61.5 home runs. So, to potentially win $10 on an MVP bet, you would need to bet $500, while to win $10 on the home run total bet, you would need to bet $40.

How will Aaron Judge’s season affect free agency?

The Yankees made what appeared to be a pretty reasonable contract offer before the season started – seven years, $213.5 million that would have started in 2023. Judge and the Yankees settled on a $19 million salary for 2022 shortly before they had to go to arbitration. . Judge, of course, was always within his rights to push toward the free agent market. And as it turns out, he made the right decision.

His 2022 was a smash hit, one of the most glorious contract year wins in recent memory. While the Yankees’ season as a whole has cooled of late, Judge is still barreling toward a monster payday. At this point, home history isn’t as important as sustaining his overall excellence and avoiding major injury.

When he hits the market this winter, he could now reasonably command something in the neighborhood of $300 million. The main limiting factor is his age. He will turn 31 in April, which limits the length most teams would be willing to sign him for.

Beyond the Yankees, his potential suitors could include the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox.

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