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Aaron Judge joins elite company with 60th home run, plus Nathan MacKinnon is the NHL’s new richest man

Aaron Judge joins elite company with 60th home run, plus Nathan MacKinnon is the NHL's new richest man

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We had planned to debut an Aaron Judge Watch section in the newsletter today, and the first edition wasn’t looking promising. Entering the ninth inning, he was 0 for 3 with a walk, and the Yankees trailed the lowly Pirates 8-4. Then came history. Then came victory.

Judge blasted his 60th home run of the season, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a walk-off grand slam in a wild 9-8 win. Judge is just the sixth player to reach 60 home runs in a season, joining Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Maris and Babe Ruth.

  • Judge is one home run behind Maris (61 in 1961) for the AL single-season record.
  • Judge’s 60 home runs through his team’s first 147 games is behind only Bonds in 2001 (64) and McGwire in 1998 (62).
  • Judge is on pace for 66 home runs this season, which would put him in a tie for third-most all-time.
  • Judge leads MLB in average, home runs and RBI — the Triple Crown categories.

Four batters later, Stanton launched his third career walk-off grand slam, which is tied for most in MLB history. While Judge’s home run chase is the biggest storyline, Stanton’s slam was huge: The Yankees’ AL East lead over the Blue Jays would have shrunk to just 4.5 games with a loss.

A few more notes on Judge…


One of the NHL‘s brightest stars now has the NHL’s biggest contract. Fresh off leading the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup title, Nathan MacKinnon has signed an eight-year, $100.8-million contract to stay in Colorado.

  • The $12.6 million per year is highest in the league, surpassing Connor McDavid‘s $12.5…

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