San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds reveled he hopes to see Yankees star Aaron Judge in the Bay Area next season as he admitted the slugger could surpass his all-time home run record.
Bonds’ all-time single season record of 73 homers looks safe with Judge currently on 60 with 13 games remaining in the MLB regular season.
But the all-time home run king revealed he is rooting for Judge to to surpass Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 homers and even his own major league record.
While his record is unlikely to be broken, for now, Bonds would prefer that if it were ever to occur, that it is done in the black and orange of the Giants.
‘I hope he signs here,’ the Giants legend told Sportico. ‘Can it happen? I don’t know.
‘It depends on what the Yankee payroll is. But we would love to have him, I’ll tell you that.’
While Bonds is a special advisor for San Francisco, whom he played for from 1993-2007, he does not have input in the player acquisition space.
Judge who grew up in Linden, CA. less than two hours from San Francisco, is set to become a free agent following his record-breaking season.
‘We in the Bay Area — he’s a Bay Area boy,’ Bonds said.
‘We hope [the Yankees] don’t sign him, and we can get him, I would. He’s that good.’
‘The way he swings he might as well hit one a day and get past me. I don’t care. Why not?’
For now, Judge still needs to navigate past the AL record of Roger Maris’ 61 homers during the 1961 season.