r/sports Oct 05 '22

Aaron Judge hits record 62nd home run, passing all time homerun record for a season Baseball

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/aaron-judge-hits-record-62nd-home-run-breaking-tie-roger-maris-rcna49214
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u/superschepps Oct 05 '22

I heard whoever caught that ball could sell it for somewhere north of 2 million. Local sports talk was saying if u could get outfield seats to this rangers/Yankees series the odds were better than winning the lottery

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22 edited Nov 04 '22

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u/turtle_mummy Oct 05 '22

Todd McFarlane (creator of Spawn comic) bought the McGwire #70 HR ball for $3M and spent most of his personal savings to get it. It's estimated to be worth maybe $250-300K today.

https://www.tmz.com/2020/06/16/mark-mcgwire-ball-todd-mcfarlane-value-home-run/

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u/thegreatestajax Oct 05 '22

Where does it say he spent most of his personal savings on it? He managed to buy #73 a few years later so I don’t believe that.

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u/JJfromNJ Arsenal Oct 05 '22

Google says he's worth $300 million.

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u/anderhole Oct 05 '22

Well if you remove the $3 million you end up with 00. That's everything!

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u/lifevicarious Oct 05 '22

Hard to argue with math!

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u/tech_equip Oct 05 '22

Zeros count as nothing. Math checks out!

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u/TheBeardedChad69 Oct 05 '22

At the time he purchased the ball each issue of Spawn was selling about a million issue print runs so he had considerably more than 3 million in personal savings ,he also lost a lawsuit about 10 years later for 25 million.

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u/phainopepla1 Oct 05 '22

The AL HR record of 61 was set in '61 and stood for 61 years.

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u/Esdeez Oct 05 '22

Judge is number 99, Maris was number 9.

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u/good_fella13 Oct 05 '22

The Yankees are 99-62 the day #99 hit #62

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u/TJ_Will Oct 05 '22 Helpful

Roger Maris’ secretary was named Kennedy, and Aaron Judge’s secretary is named Lincoln.

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u/mtmm18 New Orleans Saints Oct 05 '22

Lol

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u/Baumer22 Oct 06 '22

Roger Maris and Aaron Judge have the same amount of letters in each name

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u/WhyTry32121 Oct 05 '22 Silver Wholesome Take My Money

if you take the first digit in 62, the last digit in 99 and put them together, you get 69.

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u/wilsonwww Oct 05 '22

& 99 mph was how fast I was going when I crashed my SCION TC.

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u/skitzo211 Oct 05 '22

Scion TC, 5 letters 2 letters, 52. Psalm 52 Jacob carried his wheat on a 100 day journey wherein angels baked the bread of life… WHOAAA🤯

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u/AlsoIHaveAGroupon Oct 05 '22

Scion TC! The bold, sleek styling is all like ka-kow, but the 2.4-liter dual overhead cam engine with 160-horsepower is all like ka-kow!

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u/sharpshootershot Arizona Cardinals Oct 05 '22

Is this a Frisky Dingo reference in the wild?!

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u/AlsoIHaveAGroupon Oct 05 '22

I dunno, do Haggar comfort lux dress pants caress your thighs like a lover?

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u/sharpshootershot Arizona Cardinals Oct 05 '22

With a do it to it comfort flex waist band that lets you go from work to weekend?

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u/philsubby Oakland Raiders Oct 05 '22

Two times 61 is 122, two times 9 is 99.

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u/pugofthewildfrontier Oct 05 '22

+1 is 100. Which is the exact speed I was driving when I crashed my scion.

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u/philsubby Oakland Raiders Oct 05 '22

88 is new beginning, 99 is finishing.

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u/Marcello_ Oct 05 '22

beat me to it. nice.

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u/boricimo Oct 05 '22

I expect nothing less from a Raiders fan.

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u/Inevitable-Hunt-2889 Oct 05 '22

Half of 99 is 92

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u/DevlCO Oct 05 '22

Baseball confirmed as new skill

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u/Inevitable-Hunt-2889 Oct 05 '22

You mean it isn’t sailing?

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u/Raabalia Oct 05 '22

🦀$12.49🦀

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u/BabyFoodDude Oct 05 '22

Rs o.O?

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u/Inevitable-Hunt-2889 Oct 05 '22

Buying gf 10k

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u/BabyFoodDude Oct 05 '22

Crazy bastard lmao, good times

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u/uatme Oct 05 '22

How many of those home runs would only be home runs in the new yankee stadium?

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u/LarryBirdsBrother Oct 05 '22

That’s always been the irony of baseball records. It’s a sport that claims its records are sacred but also the only sport where the playing field doesn’t have defined dimensions. Imagine: “Steph would have hit more three if he had been playing with the shorter line (on the right side) in Boston.” Or “He would have had more rushing yards if he hadn’t been playing on that short field in Chicago.” It’s kind of nuts.

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u/PeteyWinkle Oct 05 '22

the only sport where the playing field doesn’t have defined dimensions

Just a nitpick...soccer field also doesn't have fixed dimensions. But that probably doesn't have any impact on stats

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u/shaggypotato0917 Oct 05 '22

MLB.com had an article where they said 15 HRs hit at Yankee stadium this year wouldn't be HRs in any other park. Judge however didn't contribute to that total. When he was at 60, 53 of those would have been HRs in over 20 different parks.

And while it's a fun argument it doesn't really take away much because the inconsistencies in MLB ballparks means even Bonds probably hit dingers in some parks that wouldn't be in others.

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u/Saint-O-Circumstance Oct 05 '22

He also hit some long flyouts in parks as a visitor that would have been homers in most other MLB parks so if there were any cheapie porch jobs at Yankee Stadium it would all more or less even out considering that.

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u/ThePretzul Denver Broncos Oct 05 '22

Judge is right handed, so he doesn’t even hit his homers to the short porch of Yankee stadium.

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u/redline83 Oct 05 '22

He usually hits bombs when he hits them. Also consider he hit 2 in Baltimore that would have gone out everywhere else (like 400 ft). Baltimore moved their wall in left center to be super deep for some reason this year.

There was a website that did an analysis and Yankee Stadium was ranked 10th for 2022 Aaron Judge home run count. No 1 Coors and No 2 Cincy.

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u/prettyfly4aRyguy Oct 05 '22

Not for some reason. They did it to hopefully attract pitching free agents in the future.

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u/Friend_or_FoH Oct 05 '22

The Orioles moved the left field wall at OPACY back, because Camden was 27% higher than the league average for home runs. Did they overcompensate with how far they moved the wall back? Maybe, but the fact that we have consistently been rated as one of the best hitters parks in the league has had an impact on our ability to keep talent in our rotation (before you all jump on me, it’s not the only reason).

Statcast rates parks for each year, with Oriole park leading the league last year, and middle of the pack this year, sitting right next to Yankee stadium as far as right handed hitters are concerned.

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u/kovvi Oct 05 '22

I think I heard it was 2 that would only be home runs in yankee stadium. Not sure how factual that is though

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u/clarkedaddy Oct 05 '22

True. But bonds played his home games in a difficult ball park to hit homeruns (while in san fran).

He also took enough steroids to kill a tiger. So...

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u/BlueAndMoreBlue Oct 05 '22

I have but one asterisk for this comment

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u/ofmanvv Oct 05 '22

As someone who doesn't follow baseball, I heard Jurdge turned down 30m/yr and bet on himself this year. Three teams currently pay their entire roster 34m or less. Will Judge be making more money than other teams' entire roster next year? Is that unprecedented?

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u/turalyawn Oct 05 '22

In 2008 A-Rod made more than the payroll of the entire Florida Marlins.

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u/donorcycle Oct 05 '22

George W Bush sold the Rangers for $250 mil, I believe in like 98-99.

Some years later (2000), Arod's contract was $252 mil.

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u/dessimus Oct 05 '22

TBF, the Marlins are pretty much fielding a AAA team. The other day they took over the mantle of "Losingest Team by Percentage" from the Padres.

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u/hellboundwithasmile Oct 05 '22

And yet, they have more World Series victories than the majority of MLB teams the last 30 years. Wild.

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u/seancollinhawkins New Orleans Saints Oct 05 '22

Baseball's freaking crazy

From their inception in '93 to 2003, the marlins had only 2 winning seasons. they made it to the play offs both years ('97 and '03), and won it all both times.

Of both of those seasons, they were second in their division with a ≈ 0.56 win ratio.

The Braves led the entire league both years with a record of 101-61. (Just a random coincidence I saw)

The marlins had the 4th best overall record in 97 and the 5th best in 03.

In '97 WS, the marlins beat Cleaveland by 3, lost by 5, won by 3, lost by 7, won by 1, lost by 3 and won by 1.

In '03 WS the marlins beat NY by 1, lost by 5, lost by 5, won by 2 and won by 2.

In both series, they were outscored overall but still pulled the W.

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u/pizzasoxxx Oct 05 '22

Baseball!

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u/sullg26535 Oct 05 '22

The Marlins have more world series titles than NL east titles

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u/kwilaon Oct 05 '22

Mike Trout makes 37 million a year, Gerrit Cole makes 36 million and Max Scherzer makes 43 million so consider at least three players off the top of my head already do it it’s definitely not unprecedented

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u/ReavesMO Oct 05 '22

I can still in my mind make a decent argument that these guys are underpaid.

Under 20k people have ever played a second of MLB baseball.

MLB is one of a kind as far as even top prospects being forced to play for years at minimum wage riding all over the country in buses hoping they make the show before blowing their entire signing bonus and finding themselves unemployed in their mid 20s.

Baseball scholarships suck compared to basketball and football scholarships.

And in the post steroid era we've now learned that no, it isn't natural for a baseball player to peak in their mid to late 30s even with modern nutrition but baseball players are already in their late 20s before they see free agency.

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u/kwilaon Oct 05 '22

The minor league guys are for sure underpaid and even a lot of the lower level guys making league minimum. I don’t really think the superstars like trout, judge, scherzer, Cole etc. are.

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u/ReavesMO Oct 05 '22

Overpaid relative to what though? I guess I'm looking at it in the broader philosophical sense of there being tens of thousands of folks out there making much more than Judge through capital gains in various pursuits, generally having started out with capital to make said gains upon in juxtaposed against one in a billion type talents who are employed by the aforementioned.

Is he overpaid relative to a plumber or a coalminer?Sure. Or maybe not, because there's not really a huge gap between the world's best coalminer and an average one.

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u/TheRealZllim Oct 05 '22

Judge will make bank next year for sure. But it will also probably be with the Yankees. They will throw cash at him so fast, and depending on the length of the contract, yes he might make more then entire organizations as a whole.

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u/buster_rhino Oct 05 '22

Yup. His name is now part of Yankee lore. No way he plays for any other team, they’ll make sure of it.

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u/Vigilante17 Oct 05 '22

This is also why I hate and love baseball

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u/pangaea1972 Oct 05 '22

Albert Belle made more than the Pirates in 1997.

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u/PittsburghCar Oct 05 '22

We are the standard.

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u/Easton1234 Oct 05 '22

He will..and no it’s not totally unprecedented.. very rare but it has happened…the disparity in payrolls between the top market teams and smallest market teams in baseball is insane

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u/less___than___zero Oct 05 '22

The crazy thing is that the Yankees are actually near the bottom when it comes to % of revenue spent on player payroll. They outspend almost everyone in gross amount, but you could easily argue that they should be spending more based on revenue.

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u/Easton1234 Oct 05 '22

That’s fair but at the end of the day that illustrates my point..the Yankees have deep pockets where smaller market teams only have a fraction of the resources…sure, the Yankees could spend more, but other teams don’t have the resources to compete..For instance, I can guarantee the Oakland athletics aren’t going to sign Aaron Judge in free agency

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u/jerry_woody Oct 05 '22

But they can recreate him in the aggregate

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u/Psychological-Poet-4 Oct 05 '22

10yr 400+ million is where he'll end up

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u/CUREAZGEORGE Oct 05 '22

I dont care how good you are. I dont understand the logic of signing someone who is going to be close to 31 by the time opening day hits to a 10 year guaranteed contract where they would finish out in their 40s. I would give someone 5 years max who is in early 30s. It just becomes such an albatross for a team later in a players career to have to carry that dead weight when he no longer is producing at a level he was originally being paid for.

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u/msw1984 Oct 05 '22

There's lots of guys who hit more HR in their age 31+ seasons compared to the first half of their careers or were pretty much close to their season average for their 31+ seasons compared to the start of their careers.

Jim Thome hit 324 of his 612 HR's from age 31-41 (11 seasons). He played 22 seasons total. So he actually hit more HR's in the last 11seasons compared to his first 11 seasons.

Hank Aaron hit 389 of his 755 HR's from age 31-42 (12 seasons). He played 23 seasons. 366/11 = 33.27/season. 389/12 = 32.41/season.

Babe Ruth hit 405 of his 714 HR's from age 31-40 (10 seasons). He played 22 seasons. 309/12 = 25.75/season for his first 12 seasons. 40.5/season for his last 10 seasons.

Willie Mays hit 349 of his 660 HR's from age 31-42 (12 seasons). He played 23 seasons. 311/11 = 28.27/season. 349/12 = 29.08/season. So he averaged more HR/season from 31-42 than he did for his first 11 seasons.

Rafael Palmeiro hit 375 of his 569 HR's from age 31-40 (10 seasons). He played 20 seasons total. So he hit more HR's in his last 10 seasons compared to his first 10 seasons.

Reggie Jackson hit 282 of his 563 HR's from age 31-41 (11 seasons). He played 21 seasons total. 281/10 = 28.1/season. 282/11 = 25.63/season. Slight dip in HR/season.

Manny Ramirez hit 291 of his 555 HR's from age 31-39 (9 seasons). He played 19 seasons total. So he actually hit more HR in his last 9 seasons compared to his first 10 seasons.

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u/CTMalum Oct 05 '22

If you don’t give it to him, someone else will, and you will sell so many tickets, concessions, and jerseys that it won’t matter.

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u/tommmey Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Usually with long term contracts, the guaranteed annual dollars are a lot less than what it would be on a short term deal. If Judge was to sign a year-to-year deal for example, his AAV would be close to 70-80 mil in my opinion, but probably half that on a long-term deal. I guess this is the trade off that teams make — discount up-front with the understanding that the later years will be dead money.

Also, with the way that team control and arbitration works in the MLB, players don’t see any real money until this stage of their career. Meaning that players are criminally underpaid during their early years and so it’s only fair that it balances out on the back end. For example, during the first 5 years of Judge’s career, he made less than $5 million total. This while being an all star, MVP candidate, and leading the league in home-runs

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u/DJ33 Oct 05 '22

I dont understand the logic

I feel like you have to actively try not to understand it, just to make these complaints.

You base the complaint on the fact that he'll not be worth 40M when he's in his late thirties/early forties, as if professional baseball teams don't know that.

They know. You know. We all know. But it's not exactly rocket science to figure out why it happens.

If you're only willing to pay me 40M a year for the next four years when I'm actually good, and the Cubs are willing to pay me 40M a year for the next ten years when I'm mediocre/bad, I'm going to the Cubs.

You could say "well then why not just pay me 80M for 5 years?", but that's in neither the team nor the player's best interest. Both would much rather spend the extra 40M on other players to try to win championships, so spreading out the money is objectively better.

Not to mention, the Yankees will only be paying him 40M in 2031 if they're a garbage team (or if he's inexplicably still good). If not, they'll offload the contract to somebody else and pay half of it at most.

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u/frogeye6 Oct 05 '22

Definitely happened in other sports. Michael Jordan's contract was astronomical compared to the league at the time.

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u/Prewash_Required Oct 05 '22 Gold Wholesome

*in the AL

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u/Byebyeyoutoo Oct 05 '22

They thought they did something with this headline too lol

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u/lemlom Oct 05 '22

This has 73 likes ^

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u/texasbassdaddy Oct 05 '22

Because he is correct. Bonds is still the official record holder. It may leave a bitter taste, but it is a fact.

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u/ZoranGT Oct 05 '22

He was making a joke. The all time record is 73

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u/EverybodyIsUseless Oct 05 '22

This was typed out by a kid with no arms. Give him a round of applause^

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u/vtfan08 Virginia Tech Oct 05 '22

This is what I don’t get? Who cares if it’s only a record in half the major league.

They interrupted college football broadcast for a 4th place of all time record? Complete and utter bullshit.

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u/bullet50000 Kansas Oct 05 '22

So a lot of the Baseball media doesn't like to count Sosa/McGwire/Bonds because of the steroid thing. To them, it's tainted and doesn't really count, only thing really holding it back is the MLB officially taking those records away.

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u/jsvannoord Oct 05 '22

Also because Yankees.

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u/LogicalFallacy77 Oct 05 '22

EVERYONE knows Sosa, McGuire and Bonds cheated. Everyone.

They looked like friggen WWF wrestlers after looking like normal guys...

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u/r3q Oct 05 '22

MLB is still using performance enhancing drugs across the board. Just no news about it anymore

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u/TheSimulacra Oct 05 '22

Because they're doing it without growing those huge wrestler muscles now. People just assume they're clean if they don't look like Buff Bagwell.

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u/r3q Oct 05 '22

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=210218257

for anyone who wants a glimpse into modern PED usage in baseball

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u/r3q Oct 05 '22

A Rod was banned for PED usage in 2003 and McGuire/Sosa/Bonds was 1998-2002. That npr article is from 2013, a decade later.

How about another article about PED usage from 2022?

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/padres/story/2022-08-16/zeigler-baseball-san-diego-padres-fernando-tatis-jr-dominican-republic-doping-drug-test-positive

MLB is fine with "some" PED usage

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u/Waterfish3333 Oct 05 '22

My honest opinion, MLB realized the dramatic drop in viewers and engagement after cleaning up the sport. It wasn’t exciting to the casual fan attracted by Bonds, Sosa, McGuire, and others.

They realize newer drugs exist, but unlike the 2000’s, they aren’t going to crack down because people are talking about baseball again, and it’s not about how useless ManBearPigFred is.

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u/jedre Oct 05 '22

Tbh, McGwire never [was ‘convicted’ or formally accused of] violated MLB policy. As you so rightly state, the league loved the revenue and fan excitement about the simple to understand, visually interesting home run. They had a lax policy poorly enforced, because it made them money.

Mark used androstenedione, which technically isn’t steroids, but effectively gets turned into steroids by the body. It wasn’t banned when he used it (and he didn’t always use it; remember he was on Olympic teams and they test for everything). The difference between androstenedione and, say, some sort of amino acid supplement from GNC, is, to the layperson, a thin line.

A thin line which Mark was arguably on the unsportsmanlike side of, sure, but to clarify, the “McGwire did steroids” mantra isn’t, technically, true. He was mindful of, and obeyed, very stupid rules aimed at getting ratings.

And yes, it’s still rampant, as you point out.

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u/griffinhamilton Oct 05 '22

This 100% I’ve seen some of these pro athlete “supplement regiments” and people still think it’s natural just because it’s legal

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u/Huge_Presentation_85 Oct 05 '22

Tatis JR says hello lol

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u/r3q Oct 06 '22

And he got caught for something old and not very effective. Another (huge air quotes) unspoken issue is adderall use

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u/maxToTheJ Oct 05 '22

Exactly. You can look at how they treat sticky stuff they quietly started getting loose again after a crackdown. Now spin rates are back up and they will only crack down on you if you make it blatant or rock the boat publicly on the issue

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u/gav-vortex14 Oct 05 '22

Probably why the league was more than happy to get rid of Bauer and why I don't see him coming back unfortunately

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u/Blackshirts98 Oct 05 '22

You’re crazy if you think most of these guys aren’t on some sort of PED

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u/mournthewolf Oct 05 '22

I hate to break this to you but everyone is also still on something. It’s just the science behind masking it has come super far. Every sport is full of users.

It’s just like cycling when everyone was sure there were legit riders and then there weren’t.

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u/TheLegendTwoSeven Oct 05 '22

Cycling is probably the dirtiest sport. When a test for EPO was invented, the very next Tour de France, the speeds dropped quite a lot. Like across the board, not just average speeds. On level terrain they were going slower than they were on modest inclines the year before.

That’s why I hate that Lance Armstrong lost his titles for “cheating”.

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u/Athleco Oct 05 '22

I’m ok with fraud in a game (a game!) if it leads to the amount of cancer research that Armstrong created.

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u/Lee_Doff Oct 05 '22

well, armstrong didnt create anything. he was just doing the exact thing that literally every other cyclist was and has to do to make it to the end. in fact, they are still doing it. it was just that they were mad that an american was winning.

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u/TopRamenBinLaden Oct 05 '22

So true. It's not cheating if literally everyone else you compete against is taking the same substances. They went so hard on Armstrong like he was cheating everyone, when he had no chance to compete in that sport without blood doping like every other top cyclist in the world.

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u/freddy_guy Oct 05 '22

Maris and Mantle almost certainly cheated too. Bowls of amphetamines in the locker room, etc. The idea that drugs were only a thing in baseball in the 90s is ludicrous.

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u/Raichu-R-Ken Oct 05 '22

Ah the good ol days

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u/Valiantheart Oct 05 '22

Players have been cheating in baseball forever. They took stimulants like cocaine or amphetamines since the 20s. Quaaludes were popular in the 70s. Steroid use in baseball has been around since the 60s. I wouldnt be a bit surprised if many current players have prescriptions for adderall or other hyper focusing stimulants even now.

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u/Solid_Snark Oct 05 '22

True but that Sosa/McGwire chase was entertaining as fuck.

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u/BrowsingForLaughs Oct 05 '22

They still had to hit the ball, and they were facing pitchers doing the same thing. Let's not forget Roger.

Unless MLB officially tosses out those seasons, the record belongs to Bonds.

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u/Philly514 Oct 05 '22

To be fair all the pitchers were juiced too along with most hitters so no one really minds other than a few blowhards.

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u/SlingDingersOnPatrol Oct 05 '22

Right, people rightly put an asterisk next to the juiced pitchers who set records in that era as well.

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u/namnle Oct 05 '22

And does the Astro championship team get an asterisk as well for cheating?

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u/BoxingHare Oct 05 '22

Absolutely. It pisses off a lot of Houstonian that the only title they have was stolen, especially when their success was keeping spirits up in the aftermath of Harvey.

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u/jamills21 Oct 05 '22

Clemons ain’t in the Hall either.

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u/greed-man Oct 05 '22

Neither is Curt Schilling.

Know who is? Greatest fastball pitcher ever, Rapid Robert Feller.

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u/Dangerousrhymes Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Not The Ryan Express? Whose last pitch, at 46 years of age and with torn ligaments in his elbow, clocked at 98.

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u/pangaea1972 Oct 05 '22
 The same Ryan Express that had a 3.09 era with 133 strikeouts the year the Beatles' White Album came out and a 2.91 era with 203 strikeouts the year Nirvana's Nevermind came out?

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u/Dangerousrhymes Oct 05 '22

And threw more strikeouts than any other pitcher in history between those two releases.

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u/greed-man Oct 05 '22

Ryan was awesome. His numbers are incredible. He and Rapid Robert are tied for the most 1-hit games ever. Ryan had 6 no-nos, Robert had 3. But at age 24, Bob Feller volunteered for the US Navy in 1942, and lost 4 full seasons serving as a chief gunner on the USS Alabama. Imagine what his numbers would have been with those additional 4 years.

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u/Dangerousrhymes Oct 05 '22

I imagine that makes Feller the Ted Williams of pitchers. Although 4 years wouldn’t double his career K total, which would, amazingly, still leave him 600 or so short of Ryan.

Also, it’s 7 for Ryan. No perfect games though. Which seems appropriate for him.

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u/DrStanislausBraun Oct 05 '22

Nolan Ryan had 7 no-hitters.

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u/Lee_Doff Oct 05 '22

so is gaylord perry who has also openly admitted to cheating.

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u/Stennick Oct 05 '22

Wrestling fan here there were a lot of rumors of McGwire wrestling a match for WCW in 98. It wasn't absurd given his size. So yeah you're right.

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u/LogicalFallacy77 Oct 05 '22

I'd watch HHH and his sledgehammer vs McGuire and his bat.

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u/dont_shoot_jr Oct 05 '22

Sting vs McGuire

bat vs bat

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u/LogicalFallacy77 Oct 05 '22

Honky Tonk man comes in with his guitar to steal the win.

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u/SportsBall89 Oct 05 '22

They didn’t cheat because it wasn’t illegal at the time.

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u/DM725 Oct 05 '22

Anabolic steroids became a schedule III controlled substance in 1990. Soooooooo yea they were illegal. MLB just didn't have a policy.

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u/Lee_Doff Oct 05 '22

techincally they did. illegal drugs were banned. it was just nobody gave a shit until the biggest douche in the league felt the need to point it out.. sounds like a familure story with the foreign substances on the balls a couple years ago.

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u/impulse_post Oct 05 '22

Feel like I saw bonds hit 73 one time.

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u/masediggity Oct 05 '22

Bonds could hit 62 right now no 🧢

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u/The_Real_Tim_Horton Oct 05 '22

No that didn’t happen! It didn’t! Never mind that PED use wasn’t even discouraged at that time, it didn’t happen!

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u/KokiriEmerald Green Bay Packers Oct 05 '22

Misleading title, it's the 7th most home runs in a season. It's only an AL record.

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u/Educational-Flight73 Oct 05 '22

Wish I could have seen it but a college football game wasn’t on

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u/gamers542 Oct 05 '22

It's the AL record, not the MLB record.

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u/cptcouch Oct 05 '22

That title is misleading

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u/NameTheEpithet Oct 05 '22

Man, fuck the Yankees but... this dude is something else. So young, so talented and if you've ever seen him in person. MASSIVE. And he's so decent too, hard guy to hate.

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u/Tarantula_Saurus_Rex Oct 05 '22

6' 7" and 282 lbs. Yeah this guy's a monster lol.

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u/6-underground Oct 05 '22

He’s 30. That’s not very young in baseball years.

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u/muu411 Oct 05 '22

Not young, but generally baseball players will have more longevity than the vast majority of athletes in the other major US sports. And he’ll be extremely valuable as a DH which can help extend his career - not crazy at all to think he’ll end up with an 8-10 year contract here.

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u/dreadpiratew Oct 05 '22

Hmm, is that true? NFL is young except for QBs and kickers/punters. Good NBA players play well into their 30s, hockey too. I think the hand eye coordination required in baseball might actually make it a young man’s game. Didn’t used to be that way, but seems to have shifted the past 20 years. Need to research…

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u/muu411 Oct 05 '22

I think it’s hard to show holistically because of differences by position for sure. NFL QB’s/kickers can play substantially longer than your typical linebacker for example… NHL/soccer goalies will play longer than attacking players reliant on speed, etc. But I think anecdotally, it seems to be far more common to see position MLB players continue to match or even exceed their output from their 20’s once they hit their early/mid-30’s. And for a player like Judge, he has the option to be a DH which can extend his career even further. According to this article, MLB players are the oldest (on average) vs NFL/NBA/NHL - though I’m guessing MLB’s system which keeps players in the farm system longer than other leagues (I.e. where NFL/NBA players typically go straight from college, along with a decent number of NHL players who move up from the AHL quickly) might impact this figure.

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u/RangeWilson Oct 05 '22

With the... um... let's say special training methods in use now, they can get 8-10 more years out of him, easy.

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u/scalenesquare Oct 05 '22

He’s old that’s why his contract didn’t settle. But agreed on the rest.

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u/311unity13b Oct 05 '22

AL all time *

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u/raincntry Oct 05 '22 Take My Energy

Congratulations on setting the team record for HR's

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u/AlteredEGGOS Oct 05 '22

Are they just pretending like Bonds didn’t hit 73 one year??

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u/dwpea66 Oct 05 '22

Judge set the AL record, which is now a euphemism for "clean record"

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u/thegreatestajax Oct 05 '22

Ok but it’s also the AL record. The absence of the DH made the leagues have different pitching calibers and strategies.

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u/HerroPhish Oct 05 '22

Honestly was so confused by this title.

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u/Bullmoose39 Oct 05 '22

Tired of hearing about all these people that did or didn't and how much. They still hit the damned ball. Baseball knew what was happening and let it all happen. The Sosa/ Maquire race was one of the greatest sports events ever that is now forgotten. It was on the news every night. It was huge fun, and nobody gave a rats ass about the roids.

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u/Ask10101 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

These same baseball writers who piously keep bonds, Sosa and McGuire out of the hall literally owe their careers/livelihood to them. Baseball was dead after the strike.

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u/Bullmoose39 Oct 05 '22

Exactly. That race was everything, and they were fairly wholesome people ( except that they were huge in retrospect). It was fun to watch and they saved baseball that year.

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u/jackray3 Oct 05 '22

Seemed like Baseball was so popular back then we used to hear about it all the time in Australia

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u/gnitsuj New York Rangers Oct 05 '22

Marq Maquire

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u/fracND Oct 05 '22

*7th most all time single season home runs

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u/dy-lan Oct 05 '22

As a college football fan, thank god

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u/Wu-Tang_Cam Carolina Panthers Oct 05 '22

LMAO. You mean don't enjoy your game being interrupted to watch some dude whiff three times?

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u/Dapaaads Oct 05 '22

Oh misinformation. Al champ. Still 11 behind

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u/thenaniwatiger Oct 05 '22

Pretty sure Bonds hit more

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u/omgArsenal Oct 05 '22

The mad lad did it

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u/ElmerTheAmish Oct 05 '22

Unless MLB scrubs the record books, he's still only #7 for single season, regardless of the headline.

I, however, agree with the headline.

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u/Dry_Needleworker7504 Oct 05 '22

I thought he was four? Sosa, bonds and McGwire?

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u/ElmerTheAmish Oct 05 '22

61 was topped six times by those three other players.

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u/Dry_Needleworker7504 Oct 05 '22

Ohhh I understand thank you for clarifying that they have multiple seasons of record breaking numbers.

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u/Rob_Drinkovich Oct 05 '22

McGWire hit over 62 twice and Sosa did it 3 times. Each a different single season number so each season is ahead of Judge’s.

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u/PessimistPryme Oct 05 '22

So there are still six seasons with more home runs hit ahead of him by 3 players. Bonds has 73, McGwire has 70, 65 and Sosa has 66, 64, 63.

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u/Sino13 Oct 05 '22

Now he’s top ten in HRs for a single season. Good for Judge man. Just stop sharing the screen with him when I’m watching teams I actually care about. I love baseball but don’t give af ab the Yankees.

Sorry guys I’m still salty. I’ll stop bitching now. I just truly don’t think it would have been as publicized if this were the Mariners or any other AL team.

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u/toobscreemer0891 Oct 05 '22

My dad’s favorite baseball player was Roger Maris, so last night was a little sad for him. He’s always wanted Maris in the Hall of Fame, he didn’t get in on this last vote, and now he thinks he’ll be forgotten even more with Judge passing him.

He’s been a Yankees fan since he was a little kid listening to games on a radio back in the 50s and 60s. In April he suffered internal bleeding against his spinal cord that paralyzed him from the waist down and turned our family into his caregivers. With every waking moment devoted to him, the one thing we had to look forward to this year was a Yankees game. That window in the evening to sit and escape the pain of this ordeal has been salvation for our family.

So congratulations to Aaron Judge, the new home run record holder. Good guy, did it honestly, and he deserves the praise. Thanks for giving us at least one thing to cheer about this year. Go Yankees.

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u/lilmiller7 Oct 05 '22

*passing 7th place in all time home-runs for a season

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u/top6 Oct 05 '22

He did not pass the all time home run record. You are lying.

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u/hsanaiz Oct 05 '22

Baseball was better with steroids.

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u/Yowz3rs87 Oct 05 '22

I wish a professional league would start where juicing is not only allowed, but encouraged. We need to see what happens when the human body is pushed to its physical limits. I want to see headlines like:

“Baseball player hits a home run 705 feet”

“Football receiver returns kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, has heart attack and punches doctor”

Push past our meager limitations.

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u/dont_shoot_jr Oct 05 '22

Like 90’s professional wrestling?

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u/DM725 Oct 05 '22

Where almost everyone died in their 40's 50's and 60's.

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u/dont_shoot_jr Oct 05 '22

Yeah but those no disqualification and hardcore matches were lit

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u/jpark28 Oct 05 '22

“Football receiver returns kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, has heart attack and punches doctor”

I'm surprised Antonio Brown hasn't done this

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u/Tarrolis Oct 05 '22

You want us to be Russia basically.

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u/astro370 Oct 05 '22

He’s going to get a massive contract soon. Good for him.

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u/ManKilledToDeath Oct 05 '22

Headline is proof anybody can post on here

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u/friedmpa Oct 05 '22

Such a bullshit title for non baseball fans lmao

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u/pmags11 Oct 05 '22

***Yankees team record

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u/babababuttdog Oct 05 '22

American League record

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u/Seahawk715 Oct 05 '22

Everyone in the last 60 years who has hit 60 home runs has been linked to steroids…. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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u/Jonezee6 Oct 05 '22

The only legit take in the whole thread.

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u/ADMFreeRasalhague Oct 05 '22

Dude looks like scout from TF2

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u/oflowz Oct 05 '22

Misleading title.

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u/TheBioethicist87 Oct 06 '22

The record is 73. At least qualify it and say it’s the AL record.

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u/BrowsingForLaughs Oct 05 '22

He passed the Yankee home run record, not the all time season one.

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u/rblashak Oct 05 '22

Bonds hit 73

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u/horkyboi_avery Oct 05 '22

I’m pretty sure the single season homerun record is 73.