“He Wouldn’t Have Come Back”: Roger Maris’ Son Lays Down the Law in 2023 For Aaron Judge After Seeing His Father’s Iconic Record Broken

Published 02/05/2023, 1:33 PM EST

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The 2022 MLB season was iconic in more than one way. Throughout the Yankees’ history, records have been broken and new ones set rather regularly. And in 2022, captain Aaron Judge broke a record that was the last set in 1961. To cheering audiences and loud crowds, Judge hit the 62nd homer for a single season, surpassing Roger Maris. But sometimes, no matter what one does, people will find a way to criticize you.

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Judge received some heat from fans in the 2022 postseason. When one starts to climb upwards, it’s easy to fall back down instead of going higher. After an amazing year, Maris went into the 1962 season with his expectations toned down. And according to his son, that is exactly what Aaron Judge should do as well.

Roger Maris Jr. thinks Aaron Judge should focus on winning a World Series

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In a recent article from the New York Post, Maris’s son had some advice for the newest Yankees’ captain. Roger Maris Jr. had a front-row seat to his dad’s success and the aftermath of breaking Babe Ruth‘s home run record.

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Speaking from experience, he told Dan Martin, “If Aaron didn’t want the pressure, he wouldn’t have come back to New York. But even with him being named captain, he knows the pressure of New York is not going to get worse than last year. If he does what he’s been doing, plays winning baseball and they win, it doesn’t matter if he hits 20 home runs, no one is going to care. It’s only when you don’t win. He needs to focus on winning a championship.”

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It’s normal to see a player’s performance go up and down because humans are not machines. It only becomes a problem when the graph goes consistently down without major leaps upwards.

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Do the Yankees have a chance at winning the World Series next season?

Now that Judge is back in action, the Bronx Bombers might have a serious chance of winning with their current roster. All-Rise was headed to free agency when the Steinbrenner family decided they couldn’t do without him and offered him another chance with the Yankees. Judge agreed to a nine-year, $360 million contract and was even named captain.

With the newest member, Carlos Rodon, and with players like Luis Severino, Nestor Cortes, Gerrit Cole, and Frankie Montas, the Pinstripes have a strong line-up. The offense is still up in the air, as there are concerns about Giancarlo Stanton’s health. Not only that, will Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres live up to their potential?

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Only time will tell.

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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Having earned an English literature degree from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, Arunima has always been interested in writing. She's a fan of archery and was the captain of her college team for two years running. She's an avid reader who also loves photography and travel, and you can find her talking constantly about books and anime on her Instagram!
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