NEW YORK CITY — Roger Maris has actually held the American League single-season crowning achievement record because 1961. That year, he struck 61 crowning achievement, breaking Babe Ruth’s hallowed record, and making the American League MVP Award.
Maris has actually remained in the news recently due to the fact that Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has a possibility to break Maris’ record. Entering Monday’s action versus the Angels, Judge has 49 crowning achievement in the group’s very first 128 video games. Through the exact same quantity of video games in ‘61, Maris had 51 crowning achievement.
At his present speed, Judge would complete the year with 62 homers.
“It’s always nice to see dad brought back in the public eye a little bit for his accolades in baseball,” stated Kevin Maris, among Roger Maris’ 6 kids. “He accomplished a lot in the game. We couldn’t be more proud in what he accomplished. Sixty-one is a unique number.”
Kevin Maris has absolutely nothing however appreciation for Judge. He called the 30-year-old slugger an exceptional ballplayer who represents the Yankees well. Kevin is likewise happy that it is a Yankee who is challenging his daddy’s record.
At the exact same time, Kevin want to see his daddy hang on to the record.
“But [the family] would be excited for [Judge if] he is able to achieve [the] monumental task,” Kevin included. “It’s something that is a unique record, one of the best in sports. Hitting a baseball is not easy. To accomplish that, you have done it over a season, not just one game or one at-bat.”
Judge, like Maris, is a best fielder who appears in center field on event. And fittingly, this pursuit by Judge comes 61 years after Maris dealt with tremendous pressure while he challenged an icon in Ruth.
“The pressure that dad had day-in and day-out — New York had a ton of papers back in the day,” Kevin stated. “Dad would sit there for hours pinned up in his locker, simply providing responses to press reporters. They would ask him the exact same concerns day-in and day-out.
“Back then, they didn’t police it like they do now. Nowadays, they give the players about 10 minutes to unwind after the game. Dad didn’t have that luxury. Questions day-in and day-out, they wear on you at some point.”
So how does Kevin believe his papa would respond to seeing Judge difficulty his record if he lived today?
“Dad would be excited to know the caliber of kid he is, the type of player he has been, how he represents himself on and off the field,” Kevin Maris stated. “You don’t have many complete players these days. It’s refreshing to see the humble side.”