4. The Yankees’ Mantle–Maris Redux
Last season, the New York Yankees led the league with 241 home runs, a staggering 52 of which were contributed by All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge. In December, as if the Yanks’ batting dominance wasn’t secure enough, the team acquired outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who, in 2017, racked up 59 homers for the Marlins and won National League MVP. So now two of the most exciting power hitters are teammates. This has triggered some déjà vu among fans of fabled Yankees duo Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, who, in 1961, set the combined teammate home-run record with 115, as they both chased the single-season record. The Giants’ Barry Bonds and Rich Aurilia came close to besting the pair in 2001, but fell short at 110. Expectations are high for Judge and Stanton, and together they no doubt stand a chance of scratching out the 57-year-old record.
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