Another MLB record is about to be broken.
The single-season home run record was broken last week. Major League Baseball is primed to hit several more long ball records in this final week. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is also about to become the first rookie to hit 50 home runs. Judge is set to hit his 49th home run Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium against the Kansas City Royals.
By doing this, it would be tying Mark McGwire's rookie record that has stood since 1987. With all of that said, it leaves the rookie with six more games to eclipse Big Mac. Keep in mind that the record 5,882 home runs have been well-distributed and most teams are on track to set a new mark for players with at least 25 home runs.
Going into Monday’s games, 67 players had at least 25 home runs, which tied a league-wide mark set in 2000. Most notably, Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour hit his 25th on Saturday in Arizona, making him the 67th to do so in 2017.
Add in the fight that nine players entered Monday with 24 home runs and seven others were at 23. Matt Joyce, Eric Hosmer, Jose Altuve, Anthony Rendon, Josh Bell, Hunter Renfroe, Matt Olson, Trey Mancini and Paul DeJong currently sit at 24 home runs.
By looking back on history, last season, baseball broke a record set in 1999 with 111 players who finished with 20 or more home runs. The MLB has already topped that mark this year, with 114 players entering Monday.
This is great news for the sport of baseball. In recent years, there has been a concern within those in the industry that the sport was generating interest with the older audience rather than younger. Sports like football, soccer, and basketball has stolen the younger audience away from the MLB. As the season winds down, it will be interesting to see which records are broken along the way as we head towards to the playoffs, which could be very interesting this year with all of these home runs.
Make no mistake about it, people have seen that runs are up around baseball. In fact, they have been up since the 2015 All-Star break. Of course, this has led to widespread speculation the ball is juiced, and changes to the baseball have allowed it to travel farther. To their credit, which you can’t really blame them, MLB has denied that the ball is juiced.