The New HR Leader

Shohei Otani might have the American League MVP in the bag, but Vladimir Guerrero Jr. could walk away with the Triple Crown.

The Blue Jays’ wunderkind hit a laser beam in Monday’s 8-1 victory over the Rays for his league-leading 45th home run — his first time above Ohtani since June 27.

The 22-year-old also tops the AL in batting average (.318) and is tied for third in RBI (103) — only four off the lead.

Guerrero is mashing his way to some MLB — and personal — history.

  • Vlad is one homer short of tying Joe DiMaggio’s 1937 record for most by an AL player 22 or younger.
  • He’s hit nine in his past 15 games to eclipse his father’s career-high 44 (2000 for the Expos).
  • Guerrero is baseball’s biggest bargain at $605,400 and is under Jays control until 2026. He is lining himself up for a mega-extension in the range of $30 million per season.

Thanks in part to Guerrero’s offensive onslaught, the Blue Jays have won 12 of their last 13 and have moved into the AL’s top Wild Card spot, a game up on the Yankees and Red Sox.

Meanwhile, Ohtani will have to settle for personal accolades — his Angels are out of the playoff picture.