In a close game against the New York Mets – a top-tier rival – the Yanks’ All-Star slugger absolutely demolished a ball thrown by Taijuan Walker and sent it to left field for his 48th home run.
Judge continues his amazing season, as he is slashing .297/.394/.663 with 100 runs, 105 RBI, and 14 stolen bases.
That alone is an MVP-caliber season, but consider this: there is more than a month left to play.
With several games on the calendar, there is at least a chance Judge establishes the franchise home run record for a single season, held by Roger Maris (with 61) since 1961.
Will Judge have enough time to make some history?
After homering last night for a second consecutive game; Judge is on track to leapfrog Maris eventually, likely in the last week of September.
“Aaron Judge is on pace to hit 63 home runs this season,” Talkin’ Yanks tweeted.
Aaron Judge is on pace to hit 63 home runs this season pic.twitter.com/jwJAA2ldMG
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) August 24, 2022
Judge Is On His Way To Making History
Paces are not definitive, of course, as no one knows what will happen in the future, but it indicates that if Judge keeps showing the kind of power he has shown all season, the record could be his.
It would also be the highest homer output outside of the steroids era.
That has got to have some meaning, too.
Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani is dominating as a hitter and a pitcher and remains a top foe for the MVP award.
Yet Judge is doing everything in his power to earn his first AL MVP, and right now, it’s hard to argue against him.
Barry Bonds‘ record of 73 may not be reachable any time soon, but Judge can become the Yankee with the most home runs in a single campaign, and that could earn him a lot of money.