Aaron Judge hits 60 home runs, 6th player in MLB to reach that number

Aaron Judge

This has been a remarkable and historic year for Aaron Judge, a year destined to be remembered as one of the greatest offensive performances in Major League history. And fans around the world can “rise up” on this: The Yankees slugger still has more homers left in his rifle in the remainder of the regular season.

Judge hit his 60th homer of the year Tuesday, a solo shot to deep left-center field in the bottom of the ninth inning. Not only was it historic, the rocket preceded a Yankees 9-8 walk-off victory over the Pirates behind Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam four batters later.

The Judge is one four-way ball away from tying Roger Maris’ 61-year-standing American League record for most home runs in a single season.

Judge is now one of just three members in Yankees history to hit 60 homers in a season. Babe Ruth set what was then the major league record with 60 homers in 1927, which stood until Maris took the mark in 1961.

With 16 games remaining, Judge looks poised to get past Maris and beyond. The superstar is also one step closer to the first Major League Triple Crown since Miguel Cabrera led the American League in average, home runs and RBIs in 2012 with the Tigers.

Judge is the sixth major league player (9th time) with at least 60 home runs in a season, a group that includes Barry Bonds (73 in 2001), Mark McGwire (70 in 1998; 65 in 1999), Sammy Sosa ( 66 in 1998, 64 in 2001; 63 in 1999), Maris (61 in 1961), and Ruth (60 in 1927).

Most HRs in a season, in MLB history – with the totals after the team’s 147 games:

  • 2001 Barry Bonds: 73 — 64
  • 998 Mark McGwire: 70 — 62
  • 2022 Aaron Judge: 66 (current pace) — 60
  • 1998 Sammy Sosa: 66 — 58
  • 1999 Mark McGwire: 65 — 56
  • 2001 Sammy Sosa: 64 — 55
  • 1999 Sammy Sosa: 63 — 59
  • 1961 Roger Maris: 61 — 56
  • 1927 Babe Ruth: 60 — 54

Notably, Judge has reached 60 homers in a season in which average home run production has been well below this level. Before Judge this season, no player had finished a day with a lead of 20 home runs or more over his closest competition since Ruth had a 23-home run lead over Jim Bottomley and Hack Wilson on the final day of the 1928 season, according to the Elijah Sports Bureau.

“He’s up there with the greatest in history, on a very short list of the best offensive seasons of all time,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Then you have to take into account that this is not a designated hitter who only has to concentrate on hitting balls. He’s about a guy who’s covered center field for us for a good chunk of the season, who could end up stealing 20 bases for us. That is the leader and face of our team. In this context, I think we would struggle to find a better season.”

(With information from MLB)

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