Aaron Judge’s historic campaign

The 2022 season of the Big leagues is one that Aaron Judge he will never forget and that, according to Rob Manfred, will stand the test of time.

Uncertainty surrounded the Judge from the beginning of the campaign because he has no contract beyond this tournament and was looking for a deal that would pay him more than $300 million. The player and the team needed salary arbitration to reach an agreement for 19 million.

Despite this, outfielder led Yankees to best record in AL Eastwith 99 wins and 63 losses, and set the American League home run record of the MLB by accumulating 62.

No player had hit 60 homers in a season since Barry Bonds did it in 2001.. In that campaign, the player marked by the use of steroids set the major league record with 73 four-round clubs. The closest player to reaching 60 HRs was Giancarlo Stanton, who had 59 in 2017.

According to the MLB, Judge’s 62 hits totaled 25,520 feetdistance close to five miles, enough to walk from Yankee Stadium to the Central Park Zoo.

The home runs of ‘El Juez’ were achieved against 56 different pitchers, which meant a Young Circuit record. 48 of them were right-handed pitchers and 14 were left-handed. In terms of pitches, 35 were on fastballs, 22 on breakers and five offspeed pitches.

The campaign could not be perfect because came within hundredths of leading the American League in batting average and that prevented him from obtaining the Triple Crown. His averages were .311 / .425 / .686.

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Something that gives a hint of hope that every time a Yankees player hits at least 60 home runs, the New York franchise has won the World Series. In 1927, Babe Ruth hit 60 HRs and the Yanks swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Fall Classic. Finally, in 1961, when Roger Maris set the home run record, the Cincinnati Reds lost in five games against New York.

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Gerrit Cole’s record

The Yankees’ season was historic not only because of Judge, but because of pitcher Gerrit Cole, who set the franchise record for most strikeouts. After his last opening Cole reached 257 strikeouts and surpassed the mark set by Ron Guidry in 1978, when he reached 248.

The pitcher finished the season with a 13-8 record and a 3.50 ERA after allowing 154 hits after pitching 200.3 innings. Cole only allowed a .209 batting average and gave away 50 walks to first base.

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