Yordan Alvarez could overtake Barry Bonds’ Home Run record

Houston Astros outfielder and designated hitter hybrid Yordan Alvarez woke up one morning and realized something. You don’t need to hit when you step up to home plate, you can just smash the ball into the upper deck of the stadium you are playing in.

Of course, this is all speculation, but the fact is that the former rookie of the year is hit the ball to an outrageous clip pushing his MVP bid to new heights. On a team with young stars like Kyle Tucker and Jeremy Pena, Alvarez takes center stage and he’s gearing up for a potential Home Run Derby appearance at the 2022 All-Star Game.

So naturally we’re going to wildly speculate on just how far Alvarez’s hot streak can take him. Even if it means comparing him to the greatest home run hitter of all time.

Can Yordan Alvarez catch Barry Bonds home run record?

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73 home run by Barry Bonds in 2001 is mired in controversy. There’s the steroid argument, the personality issues and, more importantly, the dark cloud that hung over Bonds’ post-death fulfillment. 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. Most baseball fans remember the 1998 Home Run race between Sammy Sosa and Mack McGwire with more warmth than that of Bonds’ long, triumphant season. But that shouldn’t stop us from using his rhythm as the gold standard for lunar glory.

In the first half of the season, Bonds hit 39 homers against opposing pitchers, more than most MLB players will hit their career season high. However, Bonds faltered in July, hitting just six home runs in a long drought. From June 24 to July 24, Bonds only left court three times. This is where Yordan can catch up with Barry.

Yordan Alvarez’s roadmap to the Home Run record

Astros fans react to a solo home run from Yordan Alvarez.
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In the first three months of the 2022 season, Yordan Alvarez hit 23 home runs, a far cry from Bonds’ 39. And while that 39 home run mark is crazy, it’s possible Yordan could catch up in July. All he has to do is hit home runs at a clip similar to his bombs’ exit speed.

Sammy Sosa holds the record for most successful circuits in a month with 20, the month that put him squarely in the home run in 1998. If Yordan can channel that energy and even hit 15 home runs in July, he’ll finish the month five home runs behind Bonds with two months of the season to go. It’s possible, but Yordan will have to pick up the pace.

The only thing Alvarez will have to dodge are intentional walks, which Bonds also had to deal with in the later years of his career. When the Astros faced the New York Mets for four games in the first half of the 2022 season, the Mets got heated for refusing to walk with Alvarez. Why were the Mets criticized for this decision? Because Alvarez murdered them on the plate, as the American League power hitter battled his way to a .462 batting average, 1.385 hitting percentage and 1.973 OPS instance, with four homers and six RBIs in their four games. Do you understand why Mets fans may have been upset?

For Alvarez to hit the 70 homer mark, he’ll need to light the jets in the second half of the season and hit 16 homers in each of the remaining three months, before Houston makes its annual playoff appearance. Is it doable? Sure, but Alvarez has to stay hotter than Hades to do it. Judge Aaron, New York Yankees sluggerhas already calmed down a bit since signing his arbitration agreement with the Bronx Bombers.

The home run is a delicate activity. Although it seems pompous at first glance, the smallest, slightest mistake can result in a downfall or change in a batter’s swing. Yordan Alvarez currently has nine home runs behind Bonds pace and if he can stay warm, he can catch the Giants slugger.

But for now all we can do is sit back and wait and watch as Minute Maid Park fills with fireworks from the outset of the young slugger of the Astros. In Houston, there’s no need to worry about the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners or Texas Rangers catching them for the division crown. The only race this season is Yordan Alvarez and Barry Bonds.

Garland K. Long