Roger Maris Jr. says Yankees’ Aaron Judge would be a true home run champion with 62

After a week of 60 homers, New York Yankees star Aaron Judge finally reached No. 61 on Wednesday night, tying Roger Maris for the single-season franchise and American League record.

Maris’ son, Roger Maris Jr., was in attendance at the Rogers Center in Toronto, who experienced the historic moment right next to Judge’s mother.

Afterward, at a press conference, Maris Jr. discussed the next milestone for Judge: 62 home runs – a number he says represents the true home run record.

He praised Judge for being a clean player, saying it “meant a lot”.

“Not just for me. I think that means a lot to a lot of people — that he’s clean, that he’s a Yankee, that he plays the game the right way,” Maris said.

“I think it gives people a chance to look at someone who should be revered for hitting 62 homers and not just as a guy who did it in the American League. He should be revered for being the true champion of the circuit in one season,” Maris continued. “I mean, that’s really who he is if he hits 62. I think that’s what needs to happen. I think baseball needs to look at the records and I think baseball should do something about it. ”

Roger Maris Sr. set the MLB record for home runs in 1961, eclipsing the mark held by legendary Babe Ruth. Maris’ record stood until 1998, when it was broken by St. Louis Cardinals hitter Mark McGwire.

McGwire made her way into the stands after kicking off No. 62 and hugged the Maris family. Roger Maris Sr. died in 1985 at the age of 51.

McGwire finished that 1998 season with 70 home runs. His record was finally overthrown by Barry Bonds, who reached 73 in 2001.

McGwire, Bonds and Sammy Sosa – who hold the top six spots on the single-season home run roster, ahead of Maris and Judge – have all been accused of using steroids during their careers.

Maris Jr. was asked if he considered the brands of McGwire and Bonds “illegitimate”.

“Yes,” he answered. “I think most people do.”

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Judge will begin his quest for No. 62 on Friday in New York as the Yankees take on the Baltimore Orioles.

Roger Maris Jr. says Yankees' Aaron Judge would be a true home run champion with 62

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