New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 01: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees follows through on a double in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on August 01, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge just continues to mash and bash the American League.  The free agent-to-be crushed another home run on Monday night, his 43rd of the year in the Yankees 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. The blast, a two-run shot in the second inning, gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead.

Judge has now homered in eight of the Yankees last 11 ballgames. New York is 6-2 in those eight games when he has homered. In fact during this torrid stretch, Judge has 10 homers and 23 RBI. It’s an incredible run for the Yankees slugger and it’s anyone’s guess where his home run totals are going to end up with 58 games remaining in the regular season.

If one does a little math you can figure that Judge is on pace to crush 67 home runs by season’s end. That would undoubtedly crush the Yankees club record of 61 home runs set by Roger Maris during the famous 1961 season. It would also mean that Judge could very possibly catch either Mark McGwire’s or Barry Bonds’ single season home run records. Keep in mind McGwire’s 70 homers back 1998, and Bonds’ 73 homers back in 2001 were tainted by steroids.

Baseball has had to live with the shame of the steroid era for well over two decades now, and nobody looks at those magical seasons the same ever since — especially McGwire’s “historic” season in 1998 when both he and Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa were chasing down Maris’ record.

A 67 to 70 home run season by Judge would be the first such season in the “post-steroid era,” and many would stand to argue that it is the first legitimate single season homerun season by a slugger since Maris.

Ever since Bonds’ record setting and tainted season in 2001, nobody has come close to 60 homers in a single season. The closest was Judge’s teammate Giancarlo Stanton, who slugged 59 home runs in 2017. That same year Judge hit 52 homers, his rookie year.

Not only is this a historic season by the Yankees as far as the wins are concerned, but Judge might even make a little history himself — and of course a little extra dough as well.