October 3, 2022

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge scores 60th at home, one shy of Roger Maris' record in one season

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge scores 60th at home, one shy of Roger Maris’ record in one season

NEW YORK – Only five players have made 60 home runs in a single season in the history of the major tournaments – that is, even a New York Yankees player. Aaron Judge Join this exclusive club with Homer solo against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

The All-Star player is now home shy of Roger Maris’ one-season MLS tie-breaker of 61 home runs, set in 1961, which also remained a major league tag for 37 years.

With his 60th home run, the 6-foot-7 judge also tied Babe Ruth (1927) for eighth on the home run list for a season as the Yankees rallied to a 39-8 victory.

“I have to believe he’s up there with some of the best, very short list of seasons ever, what he’s doing,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Judge’s nightly pursuit of baseball history. “Obviously our focus is on winning, and what’s at stake for us as a team. But within that, to watch what he does, you definitely know what special season he’s going to have.”

There have now been nine home run seasons in MLB history, achieved by six different players. Judge joined Hall of Famers Ruth and Maris, as well as Barry Bonds (2001), Mark McGwire (1999, 1998) and Sammy Sosa (2001, 1999, 1998).

The judge’s 59 home runs was already the most by a right-handed hitter in AL history. Judge had already joined Ruth (four) and Mickey Mantle (two) as only the third member of the storied Yankees franchise to enjoy multiple 50-HR seasons while wearing their pencils.

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But the Maris’ home record isn’t the only historical mark the judge is chasing.

The judge’s batting average entering Tuesday was 0.316, one point ahead of the Minnesota Twins’ number one baseman Louis ArazAL leads. Judge, who was nothing but a lock to lead the league in the domestic leagues (127), has a chance of becoming the eleventh player to win the Triple Crown since the RBI became official in 1920.