It’s a number we didn’t even think about when we were kids. Only if you were born in a particular time, where you were an impressive young adult between 1998-2003, would 60 seem reasonable, or even achievable, or something to be expected. will happen on a regular basis. It was never even talked about.
While Aaron Judge crossed the threshold of immortality last night inspired a lot of pointless discussion, mostly from Jon Heyman, it’s still worth taking the time to marvel at 60 home runs in a season. Like we said beforeIt doesn’t really matter how people view the seasons of Barry Bonds or Sammy Sosa or Mark McGwire, the only modern players to hit 60+ home runs in a single season. Judge is fighting in a completely different environment. He is regularly faced with fast balls that 20 years ago had many people questioning their profession, if not their very existence. The average fast ball in 2002, last year for which FanGraphs has data, was 89.4 MPH. Now it’s 93.6. No one threw the 95 MPH mower. There’s no such thing as a giant’s count anymore. According to StatCast, Judge has only seen the ball fast in a third of his 2-0 or 3-1 totals. You can count on a fast ball when it comes to the lead. Now it can easily become a slider that breaks the air like a whip as it rushes towards another batter’s box.
However, the attempt to use Judge’s part to undo what came before is neither worth the effort nor accurate. If steroids make things so easy, why do only three people get 60 or more? Shouldn’t everyone get a referral if PED is the only answer?
Sixty seems like such a huge number, let’s forget that Judge’s teammate Giancarlo Stanton hit 59 not too long ago. Ryan Howard hit 58. Luis Gonzalez hit 57, which might seem really ridiculous for the rest of his career, but he didn’t break the numbers everyone loves and he won a World Series, so his exception is just covered up. But 60, just hearing that feels like Judge has left it all in the dust. Which he can do very well at the end of the season, if he gets to 64 or 65.
Perhaps what the Judge should be most welcome to is the most successful betting season of all time. The Yankees tried to get Judge to renew his contract for less than he was worth, and he decided to show them how much more it would cost them to now give him back what he deserved. worth. If they even want to. He could easily make $45 million a year after that, and if he doesn’t get anything close to it, the union has a decent collusion.
This is only the ninth time anyone has waded into the 60 home run pool, out of 146 MLB seasons and the thousands and thousands of players to have tried. That’s what’s truly staggering.
60 home runs. You used to get laughed out of a room suggesting someone could reach that number before a season. It feels like it splats the baseball season like Monty Python’s foot. It becomes the only number of the 2022 season. However it’s defined, it’s an accomplishment every baseball fan will remember, which is what’s important here.
Cubs don’t do anything well
Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, we go over to the Chicago Cubs, who suck at everything on most levels. That includes their social media:
They did have the good sense to take it down, but as we know everything lives forever on Twitter and the internet. Anything that makes reference to the darkest day in Marlins history and the death of Jose Fernandez is unfathomably distasteful, which is a pretty fine way to describe the Cubs as a whole these days.