TORONTO— Roger Maris Jr. said Aaron Judge should be considered the single-season home run champ when he breaks Roger Maris’ record of 61 homers.
“It means a lot, not just for me. I think it means a lot for a lot of people that he’s clean, he’s a Yankee, he plays the game the right way and I think he gives people a chance to look at somebody who should be revered for hitting 62 home runs and not just as a guy who did it in the American League,’’ Maris Jr. said after watching Judge tie the record his father set in 1961 on Wednesday in an 8-3 Yankees win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
“He should be revered and celebrated just like the single season home run champ, not just like he’s the American league home run champ,’’ Maris Jr. said. “He should be celebrated. I can’t think of anyone better that baseball can look up to as Aaron Judge, who is the face of baseball, to actually do that.”
Asked if he considered Barry Bonds’, Mark McGwire’s and Sammy Sosa’s milestones to be illegitimate, Maris Jr. said: “I do. I think most people do.”
Aaron Judge greets Roger Maris Jr. after he tied his father’s 61 home run mark in the Yankees’ 8-3 win over the Blue Jays.N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg
MLB has previously said it will continue to look at Bonds’ record of 73…