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With 62nd HR, Aaron Judge reminds Yankees how much they need him, plus Victor Wembanyama has arrived

With 62nd HR, Aaron Judge reminds Yankees how much they need him, plus Victor Wembanyama has arrived


Good morning to everyone but especially to…

AARON JUDGE, AMERICAN LEAGUE HOME RUN KING

Aaron Judge made us wait and wait and wait… until he didn’t. After a five-game home run drought, Judge crushed a lead-off blast to left field against the Rangers on Jesús Tinoco‘s third pitch of the game for his 62nd homer of the season. With the solo shot, Judge passed Roger Maris‘ mark from 1961 for most by an American League player all-time.

Judge’s 62 home runs also now stand alone as seventh-most in MLB history. Here’s the entire list:

  • 1. Barry Bonds, 73, 2001
  • 2. Mark McGwire, 70, 1998
  • 3. Sammy Sosa, 66, 1998
  • 4. Mark McGwire, 65, 1999
  • 5. Sammy Sosa, 64, 2001
  • 6. Sammy Sosa, 63, 1999
  • 7. Aaron Judge, 62, 2022

More than that, though, it solidifies what we should have already known: The Yankees simply cannot lose Judge this offseason, writes MLB expert Mike Axisa.

  • Axisa: “Wake-up call isn’t the right word. The Yankees know they need Judge… Judge is the best player in baseball right now and by definition that makes him irreplaceable. … For now, Judge is the new American League home run king, and his unmatched greatness helped the Yankees stave off the largest division collapse in baseball history (no team has blown more than a 13-game lead). His value to the franchise transcends his on-field production and the Yankees can’t afford to lose him to free agency, for more reason than one.”

As for everything else surrounding the historic night…

Honorable mentions

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NFL Power Rankings: Respect the NFC East 🏈

After an impressive comeback victory over the Jaguars, the Eagles remained atop our Pete Prisco’s latest NFL Power Rankings. The Eagles are 4-0 for the first time since 2004, and while it’s no surprise that the only undefeated team is No. 1 in the Power Rankings, it is surprising that the NFC East is the only division in the NFL with three teams above .500.

The Eagles couldn’t climb any higher in Pete’s rankings, but the 3-1 Cowboys and the 3-1 Giants could — and did.

  • Prisco:8. Cowboys (prev: 13)  Cooper Rush has done a great job in place of Dak Prescott as the Cowboys have won three straight. The defense is carrying the team. … 16. Giants (prev: 23) — They don’t win pretty, but they find a way. The quarterback injuries are concerning.”

As a Virginia native who grew up rooting for D.C. sports, I feel no need to discuss the other team in the division….

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