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.
Aaron Judge in 101 games in 2022:— YankeeMetrics (@YankeeMetrics) August 1, 2022
.301/.385/.683 (195 wRC+)
43 HR, 93 RBI, 6.6 fWAR
He’s on pace for 67 HR, 145 RBI, and 10.3 fWAR this season. The MVP.
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.
Aaron Judge is the first player to reach 40 HR by the end of July since 2001, when Barry Bonds and Luis Gonzalez both did so.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 30, 2022
The only other Yankees to do that in franchise history were Babe Ruth (1928) and Roger Maris (1961). pic.twitter.com/bWoSjJeZw4
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.