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Is It too Early For An Aaron Judge Homerun Watch?

During the start of the 2022 season, it took Aaron Judge nearly six games before he hit his first home run of the campaign. Then 10 days later he hit two on one day and finished off the month of April with six home runs.  The slow start still led to a huge finish, as he broke Roger Maris‘ New York Yankees record of 61 home runs in a season, as Judge ended with 62.

On Opening Day 2023, Judge jumped out and continued where he ended 2022, by hitting his first home run of the season and by the time the three game series against the San Francisco Giants came to an end, he already had two. On April 9th, against the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees Captain hit two more to give him four on the young season. It took Judge nearly the whole month of April 2022 to reach four, and with one on April 14th and one on April 19th, Judge has tied his 2022 month of April with six home runs. With 11 days left in the month, he has an opportunity to put himself on pace to shatter last seasons record year and even more.

What would be great to see is Judge chase down the season mark of 73, pass Barry Bonds record breaking year in 2001, and become the MLB all-time season home run king. I can honestly say that most baseball minded fans, who don’t hate everything and anything Yankees, would also like to see that.  But what would it take?

In Bonds record season, he hit his fourth home run on April 15th, but he finished the month of April with 11 dingers.  At one point he hit a home run in six consecutive games. Then his huge month of May with 17 home runs put him on his way.

In 2022, Judge hit 12 home runs which gave him 18 by the end of May, then he put on a show the rest of the season until the end, but he got the job done. With all that pressure behind him, this season should be more about continuing his dominance at the plate and enjoying the ride.

For the rest of this month, if he gets hot, he has enough time to reach double digits in home runs and stay hot into May and add to the total.

We all like to watch numbers being broken, and even if he doesn’t reach the feat of 73 home runs, anything that Judge does helps the team win ball games and that is the ultimate goal, a title to build on his legacy.

I do think it way too early for any Judge Home Run Watch, even though every time he swings the bat and the ball flies out of the park, us baseball fans get excited and think about what could be and if the untouchable record of 73 home runs in a season is actually reachable.

If anyone at this point can do it, it will either be Judge or Shohei Ohtani and as for Yankees fans, they would rather have their Captain reach the feat. Either way that would be a great chase to see. (again!)

 

 

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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