Aaron Judge breaking records is rarely a surprise. In recent weeks, the New York Yankees haven’t resembled the juggernaut they were at the start of the season, but that hasn't stopped Judge from maintaining his record-breaking spree.
"Aaron Judge continues to have a historic season" - ESPN
He cleared Fenway Park’s Green Monster with his MLB-leading 46th homer in the third inning while collecting his 100th RBI of the campaign. His latest big fly put him in an elite company.
"Aaron Judge watch alert! Judge blasts his 46th home run of the season over the Green Monster, along with scoring his 100th RBI (most in baseball)!" - Beerly Baseball
Judge matched Babe Ruth’s pace of 46 home runs through 113 games in 1921, and bettered Mark McGwire’s 45 in 1998. Topping the list is Barry Bonds, who registered 48 home runs at the same juncture in 2001.
PEDs are the talk of the hour following Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 80-game suspension that rocked the baseball fraternity. Both Bonds and McGwire were guilty of “juicing”, which is why their achievements are asterisked, according to many fans.
Babe Ruth, on the other hand, did things the clean way i.e. without any performance enhancer. However, he had an advantage of a different kind. Unlike the baseball world we know today, the talent pool available back in his era was limited.
Some fans are of the opinion that Judge should rank higher than Ruth as well.
Aaron Judge eyes more history with the Yankees
Judge is chasing Roger Maris’ Yankees record of most home runs (61) in a single campaign, a milestone he is well on course to achieve. As per MLB.com, Judge will end the season with 66 homers at his current pace.
However, the Yankees need to find a way to steady the ship after a prolonged period of turbulence.