Last night, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox took center stage on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast with a chance for Aaron Judge to tie or even pass Roger Maris on the single-season home run list.
The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but prior to the seventh inning, rain began to fall, which delayed the game.
Ultimately, it was decided that the game would not resume and be ruled as an official game after just six innings.
The rain did stop at 11:30, but at that point, it was too late.
On Twitter, Jon Heyman explained his thoughts on why MLB made the correct call ending the game.
MLB made the right decision to call game. It stopped raining by around 11:30 but conditions would have been treacherous if they tried to resume after midnight. Judge lost an at-bat, but Maris lost a HR when a game was cancelled after it started in Baltimore, Babe’s hometown.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) September 26, 2022
Why The Game Was Called Off
Another important thing that Heyman mentions here is that while Judge did ultimately lose an at-bat and a chance to tie Maris, Maris himself had a similar experience during his home run chase, where he actually hit a home run, but the game was ultimately cancelled, and the home run did not count.
Maris still reached 61 home runs and set the record.
So, while it may be disappointing for Yankees fans, that doesn’t mean that Judge was robbed.
It just means that one at-bat got washed away.
With 10 games left, the clock is certainly ticking, but Judge is more than capable of getting it done.
A perfect example is Albert Pujols, who on Friday night hit two home runs to reach 700 for his career.
With that out of the way, the MLB world will focus solely on Judge and his home run chase for the rest of the season.
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