Analysis: Judge Yankees capture his sport by chasing home runs

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(Reuters) – New York Yankees baseball player Aaron Judge has captured the baseball world as he made his way to the top of the home run list all season, and his surge in strength is welcome news for Major League Baseball after years of declining viewership.

Long described as “America’s national pastime”, MLB has been struggling to attract young fans due in part to the length of matches and the slow pace of play, but the appearance of the judge’s panel has suddenly become a show of dates.

So for the first time in a long time, it looks like the All-Stars, for now, are aligned in MLB’s favor thanks to Judge and his strong swing.

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Not only is this a great thing happening, there are other reasons why it’s even better: It’s happening in the media capital of the world and it’s happening to a man who loves everyone,” said Bob Dorfman, Sports Marketing Analyst at Pinnacle Advertising. in San Francisco.

“There’s no real controversy about him, he’s a trendy idol, good looking, great personality, likable all over the league.”

Baseball fans have always been fascinated by the soaring home run and the strongmen who beat them, a love affair unleashed by the mighty Babe Ruth of the Yankees, whose towering leadership changed the game forever and dubbed him the Sultan of Swat.

This week Judge launched his 60th home run to tie with Ruth as an eighth in one season for MLB and one shy of tying the one-season MLS record set by Roger Maris in 1961.

Three National League players – Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire and Sami Sosa – are in the top six on the list of all home season games – who have suspected or admitted to using performance-enhancing. drugs.

Bonds admitted to using steroids but said his coach led him to believe he was taking flaxseed oil and arthritis cream. In January, Bonds missed induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his tenth and final year on the ballot.

Although many baseball fans have objected to the Bonds being considered homegrown, McGwire feels that one day it will be a moot point as he expects the label to eventually belong to the Judge.

“I think he’s going to finish 65 at home this year, then set himself up for the win, and he’ll be 73 to 74 in the next five to eight years,” impressed McGuire, who fought his home battle with Sosa in 1998 on Wizard Nation. , said on USA Today Report Last week when Judge had 55 home runs of the season.

“I really think he’ll have that opportunity. He’ll approach it, and say, ‘Where can I gather nine more eyebrows?'” “God willing, he stays healthy, he will do that too.”

The judge will get his next chance to tie the Maris later Thursday when New York opens a four-game field against the Boston Red Sox.

As for breaking the one-season record of 73 set by the Bonds in 2001, that will be tough this year as the judge will need 14 home players over the Yankees’ last 14 games, but the interest in the chase should impress the MLB nonetheless.

“You remember those ads when McGuire and Souza were wrestling — ‘chicks dig the long ball,’ well, Major League Baseball executives dig the long ball too,” Dorfman said.

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(Additional reporting by Frank Bing in Toronto; Editing by Ed Osmond

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