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