Aaron Decide has joined MLB dwelling run royalty. The Yankees star clubbed his sixtieth dwelling run of the season on Tuesday night time, becoming a member of an unique record of sluggers and placing him one homer away from tying Roger Maris for the American League single-season report. Decide’s sixtieth dwelling run tied him with Babe Ruth for the eighth-most in a single season in MLB historical past.
Again in spring coaching, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge rejected a really affordable seven-year contract extension worth $213.5 million. It was a daring choice, little question about it, and Decide has responded this season by doing what appeared inconceivable: he’s made himself more money. Some gamers would crack underneath that strain. Decide hasn’t. He is thrived.
Along with homers, he additionally leads the league in walks, runs scored, RBI, whole bases, on-base share, slugging share, OPS, OPS+, and each the FanGraphs and Baseball Reference variations of WAR. The race for the house run title is not a lot of a race in any respect.
Right here is the MLB dwelling run leaderboard as of Sept. 20:
- Aaron Decide, Yankees: 60
- Kyle Schwarber, Phillies: 40
- Yordan Alvarez, Astros: 37
- Austin Riley, Braves: 37
- Mike Trout, Angels: 36
Slugging 60 homers via 147 staff video games places Decide on tempo to hit 66 dwelling runs this season.
There’s some great symmetry in Decide’s pursuit of Maris’ AL dwelling run report. Maris, who handed away in 1985, hit 61 homers 61 years in the past in 1961. He additionally wore No. 9. Decide wears No. 99. Additionally, Decide hit his 203rd profession dwelling run on Aug. 10, the identical variety of homers Maris hit with the Yankees.
“It is all the time good to see dad introduced again within the public eye a little bit bit for his accolades in baseball. He completed quite a bit within the sport. We could not be extra proud in what he completed. Sixty-one is a novel quantity,” Kevin Maris, one in all Roger’s sons, told MLB.com in August. “… However (we) could be excited for (Decide if) he is ready to obtain (the) monumental process. It is one thing that could be a distinctive report, top-of-the-line in sports activities. Hitting a baseball is just not straightforward. To accomplish that, you’ve finished it over a season, not only one sport or one at-bat.”
Single-season dwelling run leaderboard
Earlier than we go any additional, I ought to be aware solely eight occasions in MLB historical past has a participant hit 60 dwelling runs in a season, and 6 of the eight got here throughout the so-called Steroid Period. What we’re speaking about Decide probably doing does not occur usually. Listed here are the eight 60-homer seasons in historical past:
- Barry Bonds, 2001 Giants: 73
- Mark McGwire, 1998 Cardinals: 70
- Sammy Sosa, 1998 Cubs: 66
- Mark McGwire, 1999 Cardinals: 65
- Sammy Sosa, 2001 Cubs: 64
- Sammy Sosa, 1999 Cubs: 63
- Roger Maris, 1961 Yankees: 61
- Babe Ruth, 1927 Yankees: 60
- Aaron Decide, 2022 Yankees: 60 (and counting)
Giancarlo Stanton made MLB’s most up-to-date run at 60 homers, going deep 59 occasions in his 2017 NL MVP season. That features a really mind-boggling stretch during which Stanton hit 30 homers in a 48-game span. Ryan Howard slugged 58 homers in his 2006 NL MVP season. Even on this homer-happy period, it’s not usually a participant makes an actual run at 60 dingers.
What Decide must do the remainder of the season
Decide must hit one dwelling run in New York’s closing 15 video games to match Maris’ AL report, which means he wants two homers to interrupt the report.
Listed here are the paces Decide wants to keep up to achieve these milestone totals:
62 homers (new AL single-season report)
61 homers (ties Maris’ AL report)
Decide’s present tempo
The Yankee Stadium issue
Decide definitely performs in the precise dwelling ballpark to make a run at 60 homers. Yankee Stadium is without doubt one of the most home-run-happy ballparks within the huge leagues, although Decide is not precisely padding his whole with brief proper discipline porch cheapies. In line with Statcast, Decide has hit solely two dwelling runs this season that may have been homers at Yankee Stadium and solely Yankee Stadium: a 364-footer vs. Shane McClanahan on June 15 and one other 364-footer towards Jonathan Heasley on July 30.
That dwelling run towards Heasley was Decide’s 2 hundredth profession homer. He reached 200 profession homers in solely 671 video games, the second-fewest ever behind Ryan Howard (658).
It’s no shock Decide’s profession dwelling run price at dwelling (one each 13.2 plate appearances) is greater than his dwelling run price on the highway (one each 16.1 plate appearances). Decide can hit the ball out of any a part of any park.
What about his workload?
That is necessary. The Yankees have 15 video games remaining, however Decide may not play all of them. The Yankees are all-in on load administration, have been for years, and so they not often deviate from their relaxation schedule.
Decide has been completely wholesome this season, not even a single day-to-day damage state of affairs, and he has began 140 of his staff’s 147 video games (he is pinch-hit 4 occasions). An analogous tempo would have Decide beginning 14 of New York’s closing 15 video games. Even one fewer begin will minimize into his possibilities to match or beat Maris’ AL report.
Regardless of a poor stretch, the Yankees are a postseason lock and the last word purpose is profitable the World Collection (Decide himself would inform you that), so they’ll do what they assume is finest to verify the staff is in the perfect place heading into October. That stated, they aren’t oblivious to the house run chase and the potential historical past, particularly since it’s going to put loads of butts within the seats. How might the Yankees sit Decide at dwelling in September?
My guess — and I emphasize that is only a guess — is the Yankees will revise their relaxation schedule a bit, and slightly than give Decide full days off down the stretch, they will give him extra (doubtlessly way more) time at DH. Decide’s relaxation schedule is unquestionably a factor to watch.