Aaron Judge Reaches The 200 Home Run Mark In The Midst Of A Monster Season

Aaron Judge Reaches The 200 Home Run Mark In The Midst Of A Monster Season

Aaron Judge’s 200th career home run adds another credential to what will end up being the greatest season for a New York Yankee in the franchise’s history.

On Saturday afternoon, Judge became the second-fastest player to hit 200 home runs in their career, doing so in 671 career games; only former MLBbro, National League Rookie of the Year, MVP and World Series Champion Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies got to 200 faster, doing so in only 658 games.

“It’s great, just a lot of hard work with a lot of people over the years to get to this point … but I am glad to get it out of the way,” Judge told reporters after Saturday’s game.

Judge also noted that he was in a race with fellow MLBbro and teammate Aaron Hicks to see if he could reach the 200 mark before Hicks got to 100 (Hicks is currently at 98). That gives Judge a Major League Baseball leading 42 home runs, which is 10 more than the next closest player.

As we close out the month of July, those 42 bombs are the most for a New York Yankee through the month in franchise history and the third most ever in MLB history. The only two players who had more homers by the end of July are home run king Barry Bonds who had 45 in 2001 before finishing with the single season record of 73 and Mark McGwire who had 45 in 1988.

McGwire finished with 70 home runs that season, so we will see if Judge, who is on a current pace for 67, will be able to reach that rare plateau. This is another accolade Judge can add to the case for becoming baseball’s highest paid player this coming offseason, whether that be in the Bronx, Queens or one of the other 29 Major League cities.

During the first half of the season Judge was widely considered the Most Valuable Player in baseball and that has not slowed down post All-Star Break. Since then Judge has hit nine home runs, including two multi-homer games to go along with 21 RBI, seven walks, two steals and 12 runs.

Saturday made for Judge’s 12th home run in the last 14 games, which no player in Yankee history had ever done before. In less than 24 hours since that 42nd home run, Judge has officially become the front runner in Vegas for the American League Most Valuable Player award with those odds at -400. He leads the Majors in runs scored as well as RBI and trails only Yordon Alvarez in slugging percentage and OPS.

Considering that his numbers are only lower than those whose names have been mentioned under the speculation of steroids, Aaron Judge’s 2022 season could end up being the greatest by a single player of all time. However Judge has stayed cool, calm and collected throughout this season when he has been questioned about his future and what seem like daily milestones after each game. The only goal he has is to bring the Yankees their 28th World Series trophy and the franchises first since 2009.

Judge is currently batting .300 with a 1.058 OPS, 91 RBI, 10 steals and those 42 home runs. His Yankees currently have the best record in the American League and are going to be in a Dawg Fight with the Houston Astros for the all important bye in the first round of the playoffs.

Which Player Had The Greatest Season By An MLBbro In Yankees History ? | Aaron Judge Wants The Crown

Which Player Had The Greatest Season By An MLBbro In Yankees History ? | Aaron Judge Wants The Crown

The New York Yankees didn’t pay the man, so instead Aaron Judge has made opposing pitchers pay all season.

Judge has played with a chip on his shoulder all season, and so far, the results have been staggering. As of Monday morning, Judge was hitting .294 with an MLB-best 37 home runs. He also leads the American League in both runs scored (80) and runs batted in (81) and ranks second in slugging (.650) and OPS (1.026).

ESPN projections have Judge on pace for arguably the greatest offensive season in Yankees history, with his current 60-homer pace hovering around the historic mark Roger Maris set in 1961.

With Judge on the verge of history, let’s take a look at five of the greatest individual seasons by Black Yankees players. Despite individual success on a major scale, none of these seasons ended with a championship parade down Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes. Only time will tell if Judge can break that trend.

Elston Howard – 1963 – .287/.342/.528, 28 HR, 85 RBI, 75 R

 

One of only two Black catchers, and the only Black Yankee to win the MVP, Elston Howard had his best season at the age of 34 as the driving force behind a New York lineup that won the AL pennant with 104 wins.

Howard set career highs in home runs and runs scored and won the Gold Glove behind the plate. The powerful Pinstripes met their match in the World Series as they were swept by Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reggie Jackson – 1980 – .300/.398/.597, 41 HR, 111 RBI, 94 R, 154 H

 

An All-Star all five years he spent in the Bronx, Mr. October put on a show in 1980. The two-time MVP set a career high in home runs for the Yankees en route to his first Silver Slugger Award. Jackson was unstoppable all season, but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to bring a World Series to the Yanks, who were eventually swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.

Dave Winfield – 1982 – .283/.345/.513, 32 HR, 116 RBI, 99 R, 169 H

 

Jeter’s documentary “The Captain” touched on the contentious relationship between “The Boss” George Steinbrenner and Winfield, but there wasn’t a soul who could discredit his contributions during the regular season, especially in 1982.

Winfield would finish top seven in MVP voting while collecting Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards that season. But like everyone else on the list, this great individual season didn’t result in a championship. The Yankees were swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.

Rickey Henderson – 1985 – .314/.419/.516, 24 HR, 28 2B, 72 RBI, 80 SB, 146 R

 

Rickey Henderson spent just under four seasons with the Yankees, but they were incredible seasons. Part of a lineup that featured Winfield and Don Mattingly, Henderson’s 1985 season, his first in pinstripes, may have been his best.

Rickey finished third in the MVP balloting to his teammate Mattingly, and won the Silver Slugger Award after leading the American League with a career-high 146 runs and finishing tops in stolen bases for the sixth consecutive season. His 282 total bases were the second-most of his career. New York won 97 regular season games, but failed to win their division and missed the postseason,

Derek Jeter – 2006 – .343/.417/.483, 14 HR, 97 RBI, 118 R, 214 H

 

Derek Jeter, aka “The Captain”, could have made this list several times over, but 2006 was a special year. Jeter posted the second-highest batting average of his career while setting a career high in RBI during the phase of his career where most players begin to decline.

Jeter’s season was remarkable and earned him his highest finish in the MVP voting as he finished second to Justin Morneau. He also won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger as New York won an AL-best 97 games, but the Yankees went on to lose 3-1 in the ALDS to the Detroit Tigers.