San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds was pleased that he hopes to see Yankees star Aaron Judge in the Bay Area next season as he admitted the slugger could beat his all-time home run record.
Bonds’ all-time record in a single season of 73 home runs seems secure as Judge is currently at 60 with 13 games remaining in the MLB regular season.
But the all-time home run king revealed that he is keen on Judge beating Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 home runs and even his own major league record.
While his record is unlikely to be broken, if it ever happens, Bonds would prefer it to be done in the Giants’ black and orange.
“I hope he signs here,” the Giants legend told Sportico. “Can that happen? I do not know.
“Depends on how big the Yankees’ payroll is. But we’d love to have him, I can tell you that.’
Although Bonds is a special advisor to San Francisco, where he played from 1993 to 2007, he has no influence on the player acquisition area.
Judge, raised in Linden, CA. Less than two hours from San Francisco, he becomes a free agent after his record-breaking season.
“We in the Bay Area—he’s a Bay Area boy,” Bonds said.
‘We hope [the Yankees] Don’t sign it and we can get it, I would. He’s so good.’
“The way he swings, he might as well hit one every day and get past me. I do not care. Why not?’
Right now, Judge has yet to navigate past the AL record of Roger Maris’ 61 home runs during the 1961 season.