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Aaron Judge is having one of the best seasons in baseball history.
Not only did he hit his 60th home run of the season with a handful of games left, but he also took the lead in batting average among American League hitters.
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Judge is eyeing Nos. 61 and 62, and if he pulls it off, he will have set the American League record for most home runs in a single season. The achievement that comes after an era where every home run record is considered tainted is something the baseball world has taken notice of.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone is one of them.
“I think it puts him a notch above,” Boone said of Judge’s accomplishments this season. “I have to believe he’s right up there with some of the best season shortlists of all time.”
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With 15 games remaining in the season, Boone floated the idea of Judge looking for something bigger than just 62 home runs and a Triple Crown. Is 73 a possibility?
“I guess I wouldn’t let anything get past him,” Boone said, via the New York Post.
Judge has recently made it clear where he stands on who holds the home run record.
“Seventy-three is the record”, judge he told Sports Illustrated In the past week. “In my book. No matter what people want to say about that era of baseball, to me, they went out there and hit 73 home runs and hit 70 home runs, and to me that’s the record. The American League record is 61, so that’s one I can try to chase. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it’s been a fun year so far.”
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The Yankees conclude their two-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.