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game hitting streak. Hitting 10 home runs a month for six months sounds very doable. There have been dozens of 50-homer seasons (Yankee slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit 59 with the Miami Marlins back in 2017). But the grind of the long season, the inevitability of slumps, and the factor of injuries make 60 a formidable barrier.

Now, Aaron Judge is in a position to challenge the record. If he keeps gaining on it, he won’t have a mediagenic problem. He’s 6-foot-7 with a millionwatt smile playing for the most storied franchise in the sport. A Yankee gaining on two other Yankees — it couldn’t be cued up better.

Sixty-one has, cheating aside, lasted more than half a century. Time for a new number.

Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.

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