Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Overtook THIS New York Yankees Legend With Towering Home Run Against the Orioles

Published 10/03/2021, 2:15 AM EDT


With a win over the Baltimore Orioles today, the Toronto Blue Jays kept themselves alive in the race for the MLB playoffs. And once again, their star hitter, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was on cue to bring home some valuable runs.

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During the game, the 22-year-old tied a long-standing record, while overtaking the legendary Joe DiMaggio, who played for the New York Yankees

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. recreates home run record against the Baltimore Orioles

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Guerrero Jr. joined the Blue Jays in 2019 as one of the hottest prospects in baseball. Since then, he brought in many runs for the Canadian team. He continued his fine form this season against the Orioles today.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Montreal-born first baseman smashed a pitch from Orioles’ pitcher John Means right into the stands. This ensured he scored a two-run home run, giving the Blue Jays an early 2-0 lead.

In addition, this home run from Guerrero Jr. also came with a bit of individual history. This was his 47th home run of this season, which meant he tied the record for the most home runs in a single MLB season by a player aged 22 or under.

The Canadian tied Eddie Mathews’ record in the 1953 season, when he smashed 47 home runs with the Atlanta Braves, who were at that time in Milwaukee. He also went above DiMaggio in this standing, with the former Yankee smashing 46 home runs in the 1937 season.

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Guerrero Jr. could break this record on Sunday

The last round of fixtures in this year’s regular-season takes place on Sunday, with the Blue Jays facing the Orioles in the last of their three-game series.

TORONTO, ONTARIO – SEPTEMBER 18: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays takes the field for warm ups prior to playing the Minnesota Twins during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on September 18, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

With a 10-1 victory over Baltimore today, many would expect the Blue Jays to win on Sunday as well. And given his recent run of form, Guerrero Jr. has a genuine chance of making more history. In the process, the Blue Jays will hope to make the playoffs or at least play the tiebreaker game, as the American League promises to deliver an exciting conclusion on Sunday.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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