It finally happened! After waiting around for it, Aaron Judge has passed Roger Maris for the most home runs by an American League player ever. His 62nd home run is the new record and will be revered until it is broken again. Unfortunately, this is a bad look for the Chicago White Sox.
Judge may even pass this number up as there is one game to go which is crazy to think about if you are a Chicago White Sox fan in 2022. That is because the idea of a player hitting 20 home runs in a season is out of the question for our team while Judge has 62 (and climbing) on the year.
Andrew Vaughn leads the White Sox in home runs with 17. He is for sure not going to reach that plateau of 20. Nobody is really counting on it. However, it goes even deeper than that when it comes to Chicago White Sox embarrassment.
Those 17 home runs are nice for a second-year power hitter like Vaughn. With a bit more development under his belt, he might be able to push for 30 or even more which would be great. This is not a bad thing for Vaughn.
Aaron Judge’s record-breaking home run is a bad look for the Chicago White Sox.
It is a bad look because nobody else on the team has more than that. The reason Judge’s record-breaking home run is making us talk about this is because it is sad to think about when he hit his 17th of the season.
It came in a game on May 23nd, 2022 in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. Yes, you are reading that right. Aaron Judge matched the White Sox leading home run hitter in May. It is now October.
Funny enough, in that game where the Yankees beat the Orioles on the back of Judge’s 17th home run, they were just coming off a doubleheader against the White Sox where the Sox swept them. You may remember Michael Kopech no-hitting them for a while in the second game of that doubleheader.
It is just sad to think about the White Sox’s lack of power compared to some of the other teams in the league. Then Judge does something like this and it really makes you realize how bad the White Sox offense was this year.
Going into the 2023 season, they need to put some focus on hitting the ball out of the ballpark a little bit more often. That might help them get back into the playoffs after an incredibly disappointing year.