Baseball is as historic as this great nation.
And many fans and players take the records in the Big Leagues as serious as the gospel.
Now Aaron Judge is about to smack his 62nd home run in a single-season and has the MLB breaking out in a raging debate.
You will be hard pressed to find any institution in the United States that has as much history and reverence as Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball is so old that when it first started many of its first fans were probably civil war veterans.
The MLB technically started in Cincinnati in 1876.
That’s more than half the age of our nation.
And over its 146 year history, the MLB has been filled with many amazing hitters.
Back in 1927, Babe Ruth crushed 60 home runs.
And that record stood the test of time till Roger Maris hit 61 homers in 1961.
9/26/1961: Roger Maris hit his 60th homer of the season for the #Yankees, tying Babe Ruth for the single-season #MLB record. #RepBX (via YanksAtShea) @pinstripealley @YanksGoYardFS pic.twitter.com/M89Q4hYcs9
— MLB Daily Dingers (@MLBDailyDingers) September 26, 2022
Then Barry Bonds hammered a whopping 73 homers over the fences in 2001.
Throwing it back to 2001 when Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs.
This record still stands as the most home runs hit in one MLB season. pic.twitter.com/qUW6wZiuGC
— KNBR (@KNBR) September 29, 2022
And now Aaron Judge is about to get 62 or more homers this year, which has ignited a roaring debate among MLB fans.
Barry Bonds hit his 73 homers while raging on some steroids.
And of course Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both repeatedly topped Maris’ 61 homers, but are similarly marred by baseball’s steroids scandal.
So should Barry Bonds’ record hold since he was juicing up?
Roger Maris Jr. thinks the MLB should ditch Bonds’ record.
Roger Maris Jr. told the press:
I think it means a lot, not just for me, I think it means a lot for a lot of people. He’s clean, he’s a Yankee, he plays the game the right way. I think it gives people a chance to look at somebody who should be revered for hitting 62 home runs and not just as a guy who did it in the American League. He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ. That’s really who he is if he hits 62 and I think that’s what needs to happen. I think baseball needs to look at the records and I think baseball should do something.
Roger Maris Jr. on Aaron Judge:
"He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ. That's really who he is if he hits 62."
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) September 29, 2022
This debate will rage on for a long time no matter how many homers Judge hits.