Beyond the Borders: Records and Milestones MLB News

It’s hard to believe there are only 2.5 weeks left in the 2022 regular season. Of course, with all the extra playoff teams, I expect the playoffs to end around Christmas. (Yes, I’m aware that the World Series must end no later than November 5. I’m exaggerating for rhetorical effect.)

  • Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit home runs 58 and 59 on Sunday in a 12-8 win over the Brewers. Judge now only needs three home runs to pass Roger Maris and break the American League record.

  • Bryan Hoch takes a look at Judge and his quest for the record and possibly a Triple Crown.
  • Dan Szymborski rates Judge and the Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt’s chances of winning the Triple Crown in their respective leagues. It was released on Friday. The odds have arguably changed since then.
  • However, two-way Angels star Shohei Ohtani said he had a better season in 2022 than in his 2021 MVP season. Sam Blum rates that claim. (Athleticism under. required)
  • Matt Snyder thinks that even without looking at the relative win-loss records of the Yankees and Angels, Judge deserves 2022 MVP against Ohtani.
  • Of course, the judge aiming for Maris’ 62 isn’t the only home run at hand this year. Albert Pujols of the Cardinals is aiming for 700 career home runs. David Adler explains how Pujols, whose career ended last season, found a knockout blow last month to put 700 homers within reach. He sits at 698 with over two weeks to go.
  • Four mlb dot com writers are debating who the Dominican Republic’s greatest baseball player of all time is and Pujols is certainly in on the debate.
  • Michael Baumann notes that Pujols attended Maple Woods Community College and points out that great baseball talent can come from anywhere.
  • Baumann includes a really fun Sporcle quiz in this article where you have to guess where every MVP since 1931 went to college (if any). But it’s very hard to play this article so I found it and provide direct link here. I won’t say what I did on the quiz, but I will say that if any of you know where Joe Morgan went to college without looking, you’re a much better wizard than I am. Plus, you know too many useless facts about Joe Morgan.
  • A few other records were set over the weekend. Astros starter Framber Valdez set an MLB single-season record with 25 consecutive quality starts.
  • And Braves rookie pitcher Spencer Strider became the fastest pitcher to 200 strikeouts in a season, completing the feat in just 130 innings. That’s two-thirds of an inning faster than Randy Johnson in 2001. In addition, Strider was the first rookie pitcher in Braves history with 200 strikeouts.
  • Will Leitch has the most pleasant surprise of every team in 2022 and Strider didn’t even make the Braves roster.
  • The Braves received bad news as infielder Ozzie Albies was taken off the injured list and returned a day later with a broken pinkie. Albies is out for the regular season, but he could return for the playoffs if the Braves stay alive long enough.
  • Thomas Harrington has nine stars due to prove themselves in October.
  • Stephanie Apstein has a long post about how the Mets (for the most part) overcame decades of dysfunction to be a contender to win it all this year.
  • Joel Sherman touts the role of Terrance Gore and his baseline performance for the Mets.
  • Buster Olney looks at the Dodgers’ first three hitters in the lineup: Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman and argues it might be the best 1-2-3 formation ever. (ESPN+ sub. req.) I had thought Rose/Morgan/Bench for the mid-70s Reds, but went back and checked. It was the lineout sometimes, but much more often Griffey hit second and Morgan and Bench hit third and fourth. Not that Ken Griffey Sr. was bad or anything.
  • Bob Nightengale recounts how Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson finally “happened” in the second half of this season.
  • Dodgers pitcher David Price said he has yet to decide whether or not he will retire at the end of the year. There had been reports that he decided to hang it up after the season.
  • Jeff Passan takes a look at the “thirds” of free agency at the end of this season. (ESPN + sub. Req.) You better believe Aaron Judge is ‘level one’.
  • Jay Jaffe explains why, despite leading the AL in fWAR and FIP, Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman isn’t a serious contender for the Cy Young Award.
  • The Mets lost extended family members over the weekend. Former Mets wide receiver John Stearns has died at age 71 after a long battle with cancer. I remember Stearns as the only catcher who stole bases more than once or twice a year back then.
  • And Joan Hodges, the widow of former Mets coach and Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges, has died at age 95. Our condolences go out to their friends, families and the Mets organization.
  • If you’re curious about how the MLB draft lottery will work, RJ Anderson has you covered.
  • Owners of Nationals Park and the District of Columbia are at odds over the failure to build commercial and retail space outside the park, as they agreed upon when the stadium was built.
  • Watch this play, because Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes certainly wasn’t watching it.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.