Yankees: Maris’s son ‘disappointed’ with Judge for not recognizing his father as ‘Home Run King’

Aaron Judge is very close to breaking Roger Maris’ record most home runs in a season for the American League and the New York Yankees, taking just over two weeks to reach 61 for the legendary Yankee. Without a doubt, achieving it will be a huge mark for the Judge, although it falls far short of the official record of 73 held by Barry Bonds, with the debate on whether he is the ‘legitimate Home Run King’ over Maris for having used substances.

Judge recently said he considers Bonds the legitimate single-season home run champion, perhaps having a bit of a bias for being an avowed San Francisco Giants fan as a kid with Barry as his idol. These words didn’t sit well with Roger Maris Jr., the slugger’s son, who told The New York Post’s Dan Martin that he was “disappointed” that Judge said that.

That he said that took me by surprise. I think a lot of people still think that my dad is the one with the real record, so if he was surprising. The circumstances between Dad and Judge are different, he was going for Babe Ruth’s record and he had Micke Mantle on the team. No one wanted him to break the record, not the journalists, not the fans and not the commissioner.

Even Roger Maris’s record itself was not without controversy, as Babe Ruth’s record was achieved at a time when 154 games were played per season, with Maris doing so when the schedule was extended to 162 games, hitting the number 61 to beat Bamino’s 60 in the final game of the regular season, calling into question the legitimacy of the brand.

Gabriel Delgado

I started as a rookie at Al Bat in early 2018 and am in my third season covering Major League Baseball as a web reporter. I’m a fan of the San Francisco Giants, number one defender of Barry Bonds, and hater of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña are the future of baseball, Mike Trout is overrated, and the Astros deserved to have the World Series taken from them for their cheating. Besides baseball, I also enjoy football, flag football, basketball, and just about any other game that involves a ball or ball. I’m also an amateur musician, a penniless gamer and very nerdy. Graduated in journalism from the University of Guadalajara, I graduated in 2017. Born in the world capital of shrimp, Escuinapa, Sinaloa. I lived for a while in Australia; I survived giant spiders, tasmanian devils and fought a kangaroo and didn’t die trying.

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Yankees: Maris’s son ‘disappointed’ with Judge for not recognizing his father as ‘Home Run King’