BOSTON – Roger Maris’ 61 homers might not be the only history Aaron Judge ended up chasing down the stretch.
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Now, the American League Triple Crown is within reach.
He is clearly already a lock to finish the regular season with the most home runs (57) and RBI (123).
And now, thanks to his latest quick stretch at the plate—which involves getting to base at a dizzying pace—Judge is scoring a run on the AL batting title, too.
Judge, jumping from .294 on September 1 to .310 on Wednesday, moved up to fourth in the AL in batting average, followed by Minnesota’s Luis Arez (.319), Boston’s Xander Bogarts (.318) and Chicago’s Jose Abreu. After. (.312).
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Asked what the Triple Crown meant after another three-hit night against the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Judge said, “Some great people have done it. Thinking back [Miguel] Cabrera who did it last, believe me, it’s very special. But I think I’m far from it, so we don’t need to talk about it.”
Its very late.
Judge will actually be the first player after Cabrera to achieve this feat.
The slugger pulled it off a decade ago with the Tigers in 2012, when he ended up hitting .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBI.
The last player before Cabrera to do so was Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 with the Red Sox. The only Yankees players to win the Triple Crown are Mickey Mantle in 1956 and Lou Gehrig in 1934.
In his last 10 matches, the judge is 19-for-37 (.514) and has also walked nine times.
Judge previously expressed his desire to hit .300 in an entire season and end the year earlier at .287.
“For me, grading hitters has always been [batting] Average,” said the judge. “Maybe it’s a little old school, but can you hit or can you hit? Trying to get has always been one of my goals. [.300],
And like his home run chase, the judge said he wasn’t going to get bogged down in these numbers or how the opposing team and pitcher go after him.
“I try not to think about it,” said the judge. “I’m focused on what to do in the box. I can’t think about whether people are pitching me or not. In certain situations when I’m hitting, I can see that they There are pitches around you.
“I still have to stay locked in my approach. If I start thinking about, ‘Am I going to walk in here or will they pitch in around me?’ What I’m trying to do on the plate will take me out of it.”