Yankees weigh in on chance to break single-season HR record
The New York Yankees are a home-run hitting machine. Headlined by power hitters Aaron Judge (25) and Giarncarlo Stanton (23) — with Gary Sanchez (14), among many others, boasting warning track power — the Yankees are on pace to be the most prolific home run-hitting team in MLB single-season history.
The Bronx Bombers, however, have bigger and better goals to pursue. Sure, the Yankees (62-33) may find themselves 4.5 games back of the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. The team of course still remains among the top squads in the running to represent the American League in the World Series, something Aaron Hicks alluded to while addressing the team’s pursuit of the single-season home run record.
“We don’t want to be known as the team that could just hit the most home runs,” Hicks said, via ESPN.. “We want to be the team that hit the most home runs and won the World Series.”
Stanton echoed Hicks when stressing how the Yankees need to keep their eyes on the real prize.
“It’s nothing to shoot for, but it’s something cool,” Stanton added of chasing the record. “At the end of the day, home runs help win games, too.”
The Yankees currently are on pace to to hit 274 home runs this season, which would break the record of 264 homers set by the Seattle Mariners in 1997. Through the All-Star break, the team has slugged 161 homers in 95 games. The Mariners had 148 round-trippers at the same point during their record-breaking season.
“A lot of times, mistakes that we get that we hit well get put in the seats,” Yankees skipper Aaron Boone said. “That’s just how we’re built. And I think that’s a good thing.”
Boone, though, also stated the obvious about the Yankees’ approach at the plate.
“Look,” Boone noted. “we have power.”