Pujols and Judge make history – The Etownian


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The 2022 Major League Baseball (MLB) season has been one for the ages. As the final chapter wraps up on the regular season, teams prepare for the playoffs. But two players grabbed all the spotlight as the teams battled for the final playoff spots. These players? Albert Pujols and Aaron Judge.

On Friday September 23, Pujols took a final step in his career. That night, the 42-year-old threw not one, but two home runs in the depths of the Los Angeles night; home runs number 699 and 700. The Cardinals first baseman, who returned to St. Louis for his farewell season, is only the fourth player in baseball history to hit 700 home runs and the first since the great Barry Bonds.

In his 22nd season, Pujols continued to shake up the baseball world, hitting 22 homers, a mark very few saw coming. As if he needed more records to cement himself in the Baseball Hall of Fame, this unimaginable step will cement Pujols into baseball immortality.

While all the talk of the 2022 season was about Pujols and people wondering if he could hit the 700 home run mark, another home chase snuck up on baseball fans. Judge, the 30-year-old outfielder for the New York Yankees, has been torn this season. Week after week, Judge moved closer and closer to Roger Maris’ Yankee record of 61 home runs in a single season. Now he finally caught it.

On Wednesday, September 28, the judge finally did. After a bit of a chill in the homerun department, he homered his 61st homer, tying Maris and placing the slugger 7th all-time on the single-season homerun leader list. Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 4, the judge hit No. 62 over the left-field wall in Texas, giving him ownership of the Yankee single-season home run record. This season couldn’t have come at a better time for Judge, as his current contract with the Yankees is set to expire after this season. Needless to say, he should be getting a big payday this offseason.

There’s also some debate over whether Judge should be considered the single-season home run king. Of the players ahead of Judge on the list, which includes Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, he is the only player with no serious steroid allegations against his name. Either way, the season Judge has had is nothing short of impressive and it should be considered one of the greatest individual seasons in baseball history.

This season, fans have been blessed with incredible stories and greatness on the baseball field. Surprise teams made the playoffs, electric rookies set the baseball world on fire, and more. At the end of it all, the 2022 MLB season will be remembered as the one where Pujols cemented his legacy and Judge broke Maris’ Yankees home run record.

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