As Aaron Judge moves ever closer to the American League single-season home run record, former Giants star Barry Bonds hopes the Yankees outfielder will top the mark and join his former team next week. next season.
Judge smashed his 60th home run of the season Tuesday, tying Babe Ruth for the second-most home runs by a Yankee in a single season. The four-time All-Star still trails Roger Maris, who holds the franchise single-season record with 61 home runs.
Bonds, on the other hand, holds the MLB record for most home runs (73) in a single season, which he surpassed in 2001. The All-Star would love to see Judge in a Giants uniform next season.
“I hope hello [Judge] signs here,” Bonds said. Barry Bloom from Sportico. “It can happen? I don’t know. Depends on what the yankee payroll is. But we would love to have it, I assure you.”
After Judge completes a historic season, he will become a free agent. During the spring leading up to the 2022 MLB season, the Yankees offered Judge a seven-year, $213.5 million extension. However, he rejected it.
In doing so, Judge has created a season for history and has left the door open to different possibilities regarding his future. If the decision were left up to Bonds, Judge would be smashing home runs in the Bay Area.
Judge, who was an avid Bonds and Giants fan growing up, grew up in the Stockton, California area, which is about 90 minutes east of San Francisco. Bonds grew up in the Bay Area and not far from the old Candlestick Park which was located in the Bayview Heights area of San Francisco.
Bonds hopes the ‘Bay Area’ connection could be a partial link in luring Judge to the West Coast.
“We in the Bay Area, it’s a Bay Area kid, we hope they don’t sign it and we can get it,” Bonds said. “I’d like to. He’s that good.”
Judge will go for his 61st home run of the season on Friday as the Yankees head into their second matchup of the four-game series against the Red Sox.
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