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Aaron Judge became the sixth person in MLB history to hit 60 home runs in a single season on Tuesday night.
Judge’s 60th home run of the year was a leadoff solo shot in the ninth inning off Wil Crowe of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Judge is also the third Yankee to reach 60 in a season, joining Roger Maris (61 in 1961) and Babe Ruth (60 in 1927). He is the first person to reach the mark since both Barry Bonds (73) and Sammy Sosa (64) did it in 2001.
Judge’s next two home runs will also be big milestones as he will tie and break Maris’ American League record.
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Bonds, Sosa and Mark McGwire have since surpassed Maris, but their ties to performance-enhancing drugs have tarnished their legacies for many baseball fans who think Judge’s 62nd home run will be the true all-time record in baseball. a single season.
Judge himself has said that “73 is the record,” but some think 62 could be worth as much as $10 million.
Ticket prices for a chance to see and/or catch 61 and 62 have also skyrocketed, so Judge can remain as humble as he wants, but 62 is historic no matter what.
On Sunday, Judge set the single-season record for the most home runs hit by a right-handed batter with his 59th home run of the year.
Judge will become a free agent this year after turning down the Yankees’ offer of $230.5 million over eight years, and no bet on oneself has worked out that well.
The 30-year-old not only leads baseball in home runs, but he also leads the majors in RBIs (128), on-base percentage (.419), slugging percentage (.703), total bases (372) and runs. noted. (123). Entering Tuesday, his .316 batting average was .001 behind AL leader Luis Arraez of the Minnesota Twins. He also leads the American League with 93 walks.
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Judge has 15 more games to break the record. Since July 15, he is averaging just over one home run in all other games.
The Yanks were down 8-4 when Judge fired, but it started a big comeback for the Yanks who won on Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam to beat the Pirates, 9-8.