What would happen if Aaron Judge faced off against Roger Maris in a homerun derby? While we’ll never know, we can see how these two sluggers stack up against each other statistically. Let’s take a closer look!
Best Single Season Stats
|Roger Maris||Single Season Stats||Aaron Judge*|
|24||Base on balls||127|
|.992||On-Base Plus Slugging||1.111|
|Roger Maris||Career Stats||Aaron Judge*|
|652||Base on balls||472|
|.821||On-Base Plus Slugging||.977|
|Roger Maris||Personal Bio||Aaron Judge|
|Right fielder||Position||Right fielder|
Kansas City Athletics
New York Yankees
St. Louis Cardinals
|Teams||New York Yankees|
Roger Maris’ 61st homerun
Aaron Judge’s 62nd homerun
The great debate
It’s a debate that has raged among Yankees fans lately: who is the greater player, Aaron Judge or Roger Maris? It’s a tough question to answer, as both players have their own merits. But at the end of the day, there is only one correct answer:
First and foremost, Roger Maris is a legend in Yankees history. Until 2022, he held the record for most homeruns in a season, with 61. That’s a record that stood for over 60 years. Maris was also a two-time American League MVP, and he was a key member of the Yankees team that won the World Series in 1961. Not too shabby for a guy from Hibbing, Minnesota.
Second, Maris was a class act both on and off the field. He was always humble and gracious, even when he was breaking records and winning MVPs. He didn’t seek out the limelight; he just played baseball because he loved the game. In contrast, Aaron Judge seems to enjoy being in the spotlight and playing up to his “bad boy” image. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but it’s not exactly what you want from your franchise player.
Maris played in an era when Baseball was still America’s pastime. There’s no doubt that Aaron Judge is one of the greatest players in Yankees history. But he’ll always pale in comparison to Roger Maris. That’s why Yankees fans will always love Roger Maris—and why he’ll always be the greatest player in team history.
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