Aaron Judge (30, New York Yankees) made a mark in modern baseball history by stepping on the record of ’60 clean home runs’ without drugs in 21 years and 61 years in the US Major League Baseball (MLB). Now, he is looking at his triple batting title and the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Jersey played the first right fielder in the home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Yankee Stadium in New York on the 21st. He trailed 4-8 in the bottom of the ninth, and he took the lead and hit his 60th arch of the season with a solo home run over the left wall against close-up Will Crowe. In the ball count 3B-1S, he vigorously hit the sinking fast ball in the center.
As a result, jerseys were Barry Bonds (73 in 2001), Mark Maguire (70 in 1998, 65 in 1999), Sammy Sosa (66 in 1998, 63 in 1999, 64 in 2001), and Roger Maris (1961). After 21 years after Babe Ruth (1927, 60), he became the 6th player with 60 home runs in MLB history. Among them, Bonds, Maguire, and Sosa were found to be taking banned substances, and their meaning faded, so Judge’s 60 home runs are more highly regarded as ‘clean home runs’, the first in 61 years since Maris. In particular, on that day, the Yankees came from behind to win 9-8 thanks to Jean-Carlo Stanton’s all-out home run, doubling Jersey’s record-breaking joy.
Standing shoulder to shoulder with legend Ruth, Jersey now challenges the record set by Maris for more than 61 home runs in a single season for both the Yankees and the American League. The Yankees have 15 games left, so at the current pace, it is expected that 66 games are possible.
Home runs aren’t the only record that Judge is looking at. In the AL home run competition, jersey, who is far ahead of second-placed Jordan Alvarez (Houston Astros) with 37, has 128 RBIs and is far from second-placed Jose Ramirez (Cleveland Guardians) with 115. In the midst of this, Judge became the batting average of 0.316 on that day, surpassing Sander Bohartz (Boston Red Sox, 0.315) by one liter and taking the lead in AL batting, looking at the ‘triple crown’ of ‘home run-batting average-RBI’. It’s only been 17 times in the major leagues that he has won three batting titles. The most recent record was recorded by Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers) in 2012.
If Jersey wins three batting titles, it is expected to have an advantage in the AL MVP competition with Shohei Ohtani (27, LA Angels). Two-timer Ohtani set a record of achieving the first 10-30 homers at the same time with 13 wins and 34 home runs, but it is highly likely that he will be buried in Jersey’s devastating batting show.
By Song Yong-jun, staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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