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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge hits 61st home run of season, tying Roger Maris’ mark

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the season Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, tying Roger Maris’ American League record.

It took Maris until Oct. 1, the final game of the 1961 season, to hit his 61st, which broke Babe Ruth’s single-season mark of 60 home runs set in 1927.

Judge did it Sept. 28, in Game No. 155 for New York. A day after the Yankees clinched the American League East title, Judge, batting leadoff as the designated hitter, took Toronto’s Tim Mayza deep in the seventh inning with a runner on base. Judge—who walked in his first at-bat, popped out in his second and grounded out in his third—had gone seven games without a home run since managing a solo shot during New York’s 6-0 homestand.

He and the Yankees then headed to Toronto looking to make history at Rogers Centre. He went 1-for-3 with a single in the series opener Monday and walked four times in Tuesday’s division clincher, before ultimately launching the historic shot Wednesday in the Yankees’ 8-3 victory.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2022 at 11:27 PM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2022 at 11:34 PM (#6098290)
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 28, 2022 at 11:54 PM (#6098291)
61 HRs in a year in which no one else in the League has hit 40 is pretty good.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: September 29, 2022 at 12:08 AM (#6098293)
61 more than Clint (now Jackson) Frazier hit this year. :-)
   4. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 29, 2022 at 02:03 AM (#6098295)
61 HRs in a year in which no one else in the League has hit 40 is pretty good.

Myles Straw has played in 146 games this year, 576 PA, and has yet to hit his first HR. If we set a reasonably high minimum for PA (like 500), I wonder what the biggest spread within a league would be? This would obviously be the AL record (or at least tied).

In 2001, Juan Pierre had 2 HR in 683 PA and Bonds hit 73. So that must be it.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: September 29, 2022 at 02:16 AM (#6098298)
For kinda overlapping careers, at least since the Babe invented the HR, maybe

Duane Kuiper with 1 HR in 3,754 PA 1974-1985
Mike Schmidt with 439 HR

OK, maybe not the record since I'd guess a few have hit more than Schmidt over an 11-year span so the gap will be bigger, really just an excuse to remind everyboyd about Kuiper's impressive lack of power.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: September 29, 2022 at 02:17 AM (#6098299)
everyboyd

And the majority of Floyds too. (the type humor just keeps on giving!)
   7. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 29, 2022 at 03:20 AM (#6098303)
OK, if Myles Straw finishes the season with 0 HR, it will be the first time since 1927 that a player hit 60 or more HR in a season and another player in the same league (minimum 500 PA) hit 0. (Of course, that only covers 5 different league-seasons.)

I'm not a Stathead subscriber so I can't see the details, but it looks like Straw is one of just 10 players since 2000 to have a season with 500 or more PA and no home runs. Framed differently, only 5 players since 2000 have had more PA than Straw in a homer-less season. If he gets to 600 PA, there would only be 3 guys ahead of him.
   8. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: September 29, 2022 at 08:12 AM (#6098307)
61 more than Clint (now Jackson) Frazier hit this year. :-)


Frazier is rested! Next year is his year!

I'm starting to think that prediction may not pan out.
   9. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: September 29, 2022 at 08:40 AM (#6098309)
61 HRs in a year in which no one else in the League has hit 40 is pretty good.
Absolutely, although Trout hitting 38 home runs in a mere 472 plate appearances (Judge has 200 more) is quite impressive too.
   10. The Duke Posted: September 29, 2022 at 09:22 AM (#6098310)
Congrats to Judge - in a year where 40 is a big number 60+ is pretty impressive.
   11. Mefisto Posted: September 29, 2022 at 09:24 AM (#6098311)
From 1920 through 1930, Joe Sewell hit 30 HR and Ruth hit 516. I suspect someone else from the '20s might do even worse.
   12. salvomania Posted: September 29, 2022 at 10:37 AM (#6098315)
it will be the first time since 1927 that a player hit 60 or more HR in a season and another player in the same league (minimum 500 PA) hit 0.

In 1999 the Marlins' Luis Castillo hit 0 home runs in 563 PA, the same year Sammy Sosa hit 63.
   13. salvomania Posted: September 29, 2022 at 10:38 AM (#6098316)
Blue Jays fan Frankie Lasagna just misses catching Aaron Judge's 61st home run ball

With a name like that he should be a Yankees fans.
   14. Booey Posted: September 29, 2022 at 10:43 AM (#6098317)
#2 - Schwarber has 42. If you mean the American League, then you are correct.

#12 - And Sosa didn't even lead the league. Mac had 65.
   15. salvomania Posted: September 29, 2022 at 10:45 AM (#6098318)
it looks like Straw is one of just 10 players since 2000 to have a season with 500 or more PA and no home runs.

PA/year/player, team
729 2007 Juan Pierre, LAD
676 2005 Jason Kendall, PIT
674 2010 Elvis Andrus, TEX
579 2001 Rey Sanchez, ATL/KC
577 2010 Nyjer Morgan, WSN
576 2022 Myles Straw, CLE
568 2005 Scott Podsednik, CHW
553 2012 Ben Revere, MIN
518 2007 Reggie Willits, LAA
510 2011 Jamey Carroll, LAD
   16. chisoxcollector Posted: September 29, 2022 at 11:22 AM (#6098320)
Of course, Scott Podsednik hit a home run in the first game of the playoffs that year, and then hit a walkoff HR in the World Series.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: September 29, 2022 at 11:25 AM (#6098321)
Cesar Hernandez had a career-high 21 HR in 2021, in 637 PA.
In 2022, he has just 1 HR in 598 PA.

#shrugemoji
   18. Nasty Nate Posted: September 29, 2022 at 11:39 AM (#6098322)
Elvis Andrus later hit 20 in a year. I suspect he's the only one ever to do both, unless maybe someone who started their career in the deadball era.
   19. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: September 29, 2022 at 11:50 AM (#6098323)
553 2012 Ben Revere, MIN
518 2007 Reggie Willits, LAA
510 2011 Jamey Carroll, LAD


Wow, I just looked up these guys.

Revere went homerless for his first 1,558 ABs, then had 2 HRs in 2014.

Willits had a career slugging average of .302 in 414 games.

Carroll went more than 3 full years without a homer (from August 9, 2009 until September 3, 2012, despite playing full-time in both 2010 and 2011). 1,534 at-bats between home runs.

Amazingly, Juan Pierre never had consecutive homerless seasons.
   20. Soul Man Posted: September 29, 2022 at 12:12 PM (#6098327)
Elvis Andrus later hit 20 in a year. I suspect he's the only one ever to do both, unless maybe someone who started their career in the deadball era.


Kirby Puckett was homerless in 583 PA in 1984, then hit 31 in 1986.
   21. Nasty Nate Posted: September 29, 2022 at 12:35 PM (#6098329)
Man Posted: September 29, 2022 at 12:12 PM (#6098327)
Elvis Andrus later hit 20 in a year. I suspect he's the only one ever to do both, unless maybe someone who started their career in the deadball era.

Kirby Puckett was homerless in 583 PA in 1984, then hit 31 in 1986.
Thanks. I knew he had a real low number, but when I briefly looked at his page I must have assumed his 4 HRs in his 2nd year was what I was remembering.
   22. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: September 29, 2022 at 12:57 PM (#6098333)
From 1920 through 1930, Joe Sewell hit 30 HR and Ruth hit 516. I suspect someone else from the '20s might do even worse.


From 1920-1935, Rabbit Maranville hit 8. Ruth hit 665. Muddy Ruel hit 4 from 1920-1934. Interestingly, Maranville hit 20 HR in the teens.Ruel hit none in the teens. His career matched Ruth's almost perfectly, 1915-1934. 4 HR to Ruth's 708 during that span.
   23. Astroenteritis Posted: September 29, 2022 at 01:16 PM (#6098337)
As a non-Yankee fan, I've really enjoyed this effort by Judge. It's a remarkable season, and he seems to be a very likeable player. I know I've been trying to catch his at bats the last week or so.
   24. DCA Posted: September 29, 2022 at 01:25 PM (#6098338)

Carroll went more than 3 full years without a homer (from August 9, 2009 until September 3, 2012, despite playing full-time in both 2010 and 2011). 1,534 at-bats between home runs.


I forgot this guy existed. But there's more than one way to produce value. In those 4 seasons, 2009-12, Carroll produced 9 WAR and 3 WAA despite a complete lack of power. 358 OBP and good defense goes a lot way.

Just defense goes a long way. Myles Straw himself, of the 218/289/272 batting line this year, is at 2.5 WAR / 0.6 WAA per B-R. RAA by category:

-23 batting
+3 baserunning
+5 DP avoidance
+16 defense
+4 position

+5 overall
   25. Mefisto Posted: September 29, 2022 at 02:49 PM (#6098355)
@22: I'm sure Ruth/Ruel must hold the record. It would be impossible for anyone other than Aaron or Bonds to match that and I doubt they did.
   26. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: September 29, 2022 at 03:59 PM (#6098367)
@22: I'm sure Ruth/Ruel must hold the record. It would be impossible for anyone other than Aaron or Bonds to match that and I doubt they did.


What if one of the two is Sadaharu Oh?
   27. Walt Davis Posted: September 29, 2022 at 06:54 PM (#6098392)
676 2005 Jason Kendall, PIT

If I read b-r right, this was actually his first year in Oak, not Pitt. But the impressive bit about that season was not the 0 HR, it was the 676 PA from a C -- 146 starts there plus 3 at DH. He was mind-bogglingly durable, made 149(!) starts at age 34.

For comparison, Yadi's career high is 142 with a string of several years in the 130s. Kendall played 15 seasons compared to Yadi's 19 but Kendall has about 200 more PA. Sal Perez has one season of 143 starts that he followed with a 137. You might have to go back to Randy Hundley to find anything truly similar and Hundley's fell apart after 4 years of that. Bench had an equally/more impressive run in terms of PAs but that was supplemented by spending his "off" days elsehwere, his high in starts was 139. Pudge II had a 4-year run of 137-141 starts.

Or to put it another way, Kendall averaged 133 C starts a year for 15 years. He had 8 years of 140 or more. He made just 117 starts in his rookie year, just 118 in his final year and he missed half of 1999. Otherwise the only season below 130 was 2001 when he started 127 at C and 27 in the OF. I hope he's enjoying his well-earned retirement.
   28. SoSH U at work Posted: September 29, 2022 at 07:09 PM (#6098394)
Unless he's running a fight club or has taken up cliff diving, I can't imagine Jason Kendall is enjoying retirement.
   29. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 29, 2022 at 09:06 PM (#6098400)
In 1999 the Marlins' Luis Castillo hit 0 home runs in 563 PA, the same year Sammy Sosa hit 63.

Thanks for the correction, and also for sharing the list in #15.

I guess we can say "no one with as many PA as Myles Straw" has hit 0 home runs in a year where someone else in his league hit 60 HR since 1927.

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