3 wild achievements still within Aaron Judge’s reach during historic Yankees season

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees crosses home plate after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on September 18, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees crosses home plate after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on September 18, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /
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Former San Francisco Giants player Barry Bonds (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Former San Francisco Giants player Barry Bonds (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

2. MLB-best slugging percentage since Barry Bonds

Speaking of Bonds — arguably the best hitter of all time and certainly the game’s best modern day hitter — he’s the last player to record a slugging percentage of .700 or higher … and that was back in 2004 (his mark was an impossible .812).

After Judge’s big weekend in Milwaukee, he’s now sporting a .701 mark. Want to put that into context for Judge’s career? His should’ve-been MVP season back in 2017 saw him finish with a .627 slugging percentage.

To even be mentioned in the same breath as Bonds after his domination of the sport is historic. This just so happens to be occurring so effortlessly that it’s hard to even fathom. Watching Judge all season, this has become expected of him, so you kind of forget how improbable it all is.

For more context (not including the shortened 2020), Christian Yelich (2019) and Albert Pujols (2006) had the next highest marks at .671 since Bonds’ 2001-2004 run. Yelich captured the NL MVP that year and Pujols finished second to Ryan Howard, who belted a league-leading 58 homers and 148 RBI.