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The 2022 Major League Baseball season started off with the New York Yankees’ star outfielder Aaron Judge declining a huge contract extension. This suggests that he was betting on himself having a career year in an attempt to make even more money in the future. Little did anyone realize that Judge would have not only the best season of his entire career, but one of the best seasons of all time. 

Tuesday night, Judge hit his 60th home run of the season, tying Babe Ruth for eighth place on the all-time, single-season home run record. The next closest player on the season is Kyle Schwarber with forty—a whopping twenty home runs fewer than Judge. Wow! 

For those not familiar with the term “Triple Crown”, it refers to a player who leads their league (American or National) in the three major hitting categories. These categories are batting average, home runs and runs batted in. 

Currently, Judge is leading the American League in all three of these categories. It is late in the season and there are about fifteen games left. If he manages to maintain these stats, there is little doubt that his season will go down as one of the best of all time. 

Besides leading in all of these categories, Judge also has the lead in OPS, runs, OBP, SLG, total bases, and WAR. Statistically, this is one of the most impressive batting seasons ever. 

The Triple Crown is a rarity in sports. In fact, there has only been one Triple Crown winner since 1967, accomplished by future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers back in 2012. 

In addition to his on-the-field stats, Judge is the leader in the clubhouse. He knows how to handle the media in a proper way and is the clear face of the Yankees, a true superstar across the entire league. 

The Yankees will need to break the bank to sign him, but how can they afford not to after this incredible season that he’s having? At thirty years old, he is most certainly in his prime and will look to finish out this 2022 campaign strong. 

Another milestone for Judge can yet be broken before the end of the season. If he hits two more home runs, his 62 home runs in a season would surpass former Yankee Roger Maris’ 1961 campaign, an American league record that still stands to this day.

How many home runs will Judge end the season with? Can he hold on and win the Triple Crown?


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