Aaron Judge is fast approaching


A page of history could be turned at Yankee Stadium this week when slugger Aaron Judge tries to surpass Roger Maris’ mark of most homers in a season in American League Baseball.

By catapulting two shots over the fence in a 12-8 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, Judge came within two of the 61 total set by former Yankee Maris in 1961. And, short of an unexpected event such as an injury will have no difficulty going down in history; New York has 16 games remaining until the end of the campaign, including the next six at home. Manager Aaron Boone’s squad will host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday and Wednesday, then the Boston Red Sox from Thursday to Sunday.

TVA Sports will broadcast the Yankees and Pirates game on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Also, as reported by MLB.com, Judge will finish the regular season with 65 long balls if he maintains his current pace. This potential crop would put him fourth in major league history. Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) dominates with his 73 home runs in 2001. Three years earlier, Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) and Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) hit 70 and 66 four-strokes, respectively. goals at a time when MLB imposed much less strict rules on the consumption of performance-enhancing drugs.

Despite the redundancy of the right-handed hitter’s responses, the media continue to hunt him down to find out more about his moods. The one with 127 RBIs to his credit continues to hammer home that he’s here for the win.

« It’s not hard to do all of this if your main goal and your focus is to win a game, » he told the Manfred Tour website. Numbers are just numbers. I focus on what I need to accomplish in order to be a good teammate and help the team win. If that means slamming a circuit, well, so be it. Except that it was never my first goal.

Avoid distractions

If it can reassure the star player, the Yankees remain at the top of the East Division of the American with a lead of five and a half games over the Toronto Blue Jays. To allow his people to continue on the right track after some difficult moments in the previous weeks, it is important, according to him, not to hear what is said about him, or almost.

“I shut it all down. I try to stay away from discussions as much as possible. If you play a bad game, people will say something about it. Ditto if you deliver a good performance. I try to target what I need to do to support this training. The opinions of my teammates and my coaches are what matter to me,” he said.

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