Maris Jr: Bonds, McGwire illegitimate, Judge to be HR king
Roger Maris Jr. considers the home run feats of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa to be illegitimate and says Aaron Judge should be recognized as the holder of the big league season standard if the New York Yankees slugger hits No. 62.
As Judge approaches milestone, what counts more: 61 or 73?
To some, Aaron Judge’s season has a special sheen because he appears to be Mr. Clean. “To me, the holder of the record for home runs in a season is Roger Maris,” author George Will said. Bonds' 73 and other Steroids Era peaks are viewed by critics as phantoms, totals as inflated as the biceps of those bulked up hitters.news.yahoo.com
Call it a career: MLB ump Winters opted out in '20, now done
FILE - In this May 18, 2019, file photo, home plate umpire Mike Winters looks on during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics in Detroit. After more than three decades of hard work as a big league umpire, Winters is retiring. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)After more than three decades of hard work as a big league umpire, Mike Winters is ready to loaf. But I’m getting there.”One of 12 umps to opt out during the pandemic-shortened season, the 62-year-old Winters has made it official. The reworked schedule gave Winters a chance to reconsider, but he already was looking ahead to days off the diamond.
Done deal: Arenado traded from Rockies to Cardinals
A person familiar with the swap tells The Associated Press that the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to acquire All-Star third baseman Arenado from the Rockies in a trade needing approvals before it can be finalized. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals completed their blockbuster trade to acquire All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. St. Louis dealt left-hander Austin Gomber and four minor leaguers to the Rockies: infielders Elehuris Montero and Mateo Gil along with right-handers Tony Locey and Jake Sommers. As part of the trade, Colorado will send cash to St. Louis to offset part of the money Arenado is due in his contract. Arenado is the latest established star acquired by St. Louis in his prime.
Strong finish for ESPN's Jordan doc, 'The Last Dance'
The last two episodes of the 10-part Michael Jordan documentary, strung out over the last five Sunday nights, averaged 5.9 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. ABC averaged 3.9 million viewers, NBC had 3.5 million, Fox had 2.8 million, Univision had 1.5 million, ION Television had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 900,000 and the CW had 660,000. Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network in prime time, averaging 3.39 million viewers. ABC's World News Tonight led the evening newscasts with an average of 10 million viewers last week. NBC's Nightly News had 8.8 million viewers and the CBS Evening News had 6 million.
Judge cruises to Home Run Derby championship
New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, who has lit up MLB scoreboards in the first half of the season, proved that his power is no accident by cruising through the elite competition Monday at the All-Star Game Home Run Derby in Miami. In the tiered eight-hitter format, Judge first faced off against Miami Marlins slugger Justin Bour, who pounded 22 homers in his time at the plate. Judge responded by hitting 23. He also gives the Yankees the most Derby champions, joining winners Tino Martinez, Jason Giambi and Robinson Cano. Judge appeared with the Yankees in 27 games last season, hitting .179.