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Aaron Judge Hit 61st Home Runs, Matching Another Yankee Legend’s Record

New York Yankees RF Aaron Judge tied Hall of Famer Roger Maris for the most home runs by an American League hitter in a single season with his 61st blast of the 2022 MLB campaign. In the seventh inning of the Yankees’ game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, September 28, he hit a home run off left-handed relief pitcher Tim Mayza.

He joins Maris, Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa as the only other players in MLB history to hit at least 61 home runs in a single season. 

Judge, 30, staked his future on himself by declining an eight-year, $230.5 million deal before his contract’s last season. For the 6-foot-7 slugger, who has had one of the greatest offensive seasons in baseball history, that decision has proven to be a wise one.

Along with his numerous home runs, Judge is a Triple Crown contender, a skilled baserunner, and a reliable defender in center and right field. His teammates have also praised Judge for his leadership during the Yankees’ rocky second half as the AL East leaders. 

And he still has time to cause more harm, contribute to more history, and command a higher price this winter on the open market. 

On the YES Network, the call went to Michael Kay. It is visible here. 

“And the 3-2, drilled deep to left field! This could be it! See ya! He’s done it! No. 61! He’s been chasing history and now he makes it! He and Roger Maris are tied with 61 home runs, the most anybody has ever hit in a single season in American League history!”

On WFAN, John Sterling made the call. It can be heard here. 

“Hicks, 2-3 step lead off first. And the payoff. There it goes. It is high! It is far! It is gone! No. 61! He ties Roger Maris for the American League single-season record with 61 home runs! It’s a two-run Judge-ian blast! Here comes the Judge! A two-run blast and the Yankees take a 5-3 lead on No. 61 for Judge.”

Here’s the list of Yankees’ single-season home run leaders:

61: Roger Maris, 1961

61: Aaron Judge, 2022

60: Babe Ruth, 1927

59: Babe Ruth, 1921

54: Babe Ruth, 1920

54: Babe Ruth, 1928

54: Mickey Mantle, 1961

54: Alex Rodriguez, 2007

52: Mickey Mantle, 1956

52: Aaron Judge, 2017

Judge is the sixth player to hit at least 60 home runs in a single season.

73: Barry Bonds, 2001

70: Mark McGwire, 1998

66: Sammy Sosa, 1998

65: Mark McGwire, 1999

64: Sammy Sosa, 2001

63: Sammy Sosa, 1999

61: Roger Maris, 1961

61: Aaron Judge, 2022

60: Babe Ruth, 1927

About Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge is a right fielder for the MLB’s New York Yankees. He is a professional baseball player. He had a huge effect in his debut season and won the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year award without a single vote being cast against him.

In addition, he received the second-most votes for American League MVP in that particular year. In his six-year major league career, he has been selected to the All-MLB First Team and has already made three MLB All-Star appearances. But in this post, we’ll focus on Aaron Judge’s estimated wealth in 2022.

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