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Aaron Judge ties Yankees legend with crazy stat


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You can’t blame the pitchers for preferring to face anyone in the New York Yankees roster who isn’t named Aaron Judge. He is the favorite for AL MVP, and the rest of the team has struggled.

The slugger continues to rewrite the record books. On Saturday, he accomplished a feat no Yankee had done in 65 years.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) reacts after hitting a brace against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a game September 5, 2022 in New York City.
(AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

Judge’s three hits in Saturday’s 10-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays allowed him to reach base at least three times in a seventh straight game, which hadn’t been done by a Yankee since Mickey Mantle in 1957.

Judge’s .412 on-base percentage ranks atop the American League, but right now he’s pretty much an automatic baserunner. He has a .636 on-base percentage in his last seven games.

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Judge is on track to break the Yankees franchise record for most home runs in a season, which is held by Roger Maris at 61. .

New York Yankees judge Aaron celebrates with Gleyber Torres (25) after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in New York City.

New York Yankees judge Aaron celebrates with Gleyber Torres (25) after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in New York City.
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Judge already holds the single-season record for most home runs by a right-handed Yankee, formerly held by Alex Rodriguez, who hit 54 in his 2007 AL MVP season.

Lou Gehrig hit base more than three times in nine straight games in 1937, the most by any Yankee. Babe Ruth did it in eight straight games in 1920. The all-time record is 10 games by Ty Cobb in 1925.

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Mantle won MVP in 1957 in a close battle with Ted Williams, and this year it’s yet another two-man race between Judge and Shohei Ohtani, who ranks fifth in the AL in both OPS (.891) and ERA (2.58, min. 135 innings pitched). He also ranks second in the AL with 33 homers and 265 total bases, entering Saturday.

Judge, however, leads all of baseball in home runs (55), RBI (120), slugging percentage (.683), OPS (1095), runs scored (112), and total bases ( 342). He’s also in contention for the AL Triple Crown, with his batting average rising to .307. Entering Saturday, Boston’s Xander Bogaerts led the AL with a .318 average.

New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge reacts after drawing a base-loaded walk for the winning run against the Chicago White Sox on May 23, 2021 at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge reacts after drawing a base-loaded walk for the winning run against the Chicago White Sox on May 23, 2021 at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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The MVP race comes down to numbers that are virtually once in a lifetime.

Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, Judge is a free agent this year, and Ohtani will hit the market next season.


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