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Aaron Judge ties Roger Maris for 61st home run of the season


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Roger Maris has company.

Aaron Judge hit his 61st of the season Wednesday, tying Maris for the most home runs in a season by an American League player.

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees rounds the bases with a solo home run in the sixth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Center on May 3, 2022 in Toronto.
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It was also a decisive shot. The two-run blast gave the Yanks a 5-3 lead over the Blue Jays in the top of the seventh inning.

Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa surpassed Maris between 1998 and 2001. But, due to his ties to performance-enhancing drugs, 61 is considered by many to be the true all-time record. Either way, Judge is only the fifth player to reach 61 in a season in the history of the game.

Judge has said that he believes Bonds’ “73 (from 2001) is the record.” But what he just accomplished not even Babe Ruth did. Ruth’s highest career was 60.

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Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Judge tied the record at 10 fewer games than Maris. He hit his 60th home run on September 20 in his 143rd game of the season. It took Ruth 150 games to do it.

Sixty-one has also become a rare phenomenon in the lore of the Yankees and baseball. Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961 in his 161st game. Judge tied the record 61 years later, and he may break it at E. 161st Street in the Bronx later this week.

Judge is wearing number 99. Maris was wearing 9.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, right, gestures to fans after a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Oct. 3, 2021, in New York.

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, right, gestures to fans after a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Oct. 3, 2021, in New York.
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He has seven more games after Wednesday night to break it now.

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The 30-year-old is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason after he turned down an eight-year, $230.5 million offer from the Yankees before the season. All he’s done since he turned down that offer is have one of the best offensive seasons the game has ever seen and become a leading contender for the AL MVP Award.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge gestures as he runs the bases after his fourth-inning home run against the Minnesota Twins during the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 7, 2022, in the Bronx borough of New York City.

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge gestures as he runs the bases after his fourth-inning home run against the Minnesota Twins during the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 7, 2022, in the Bronx borough of New York City.
(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Going into Tuesday’s game, Judge led the majors in home runs, on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.693), total bases (380) and runs scored (128). His .314 batting average and 128 RBIs also lead the American League, earning him the AL Triple Crown. His 105 walks also lead the American League.

Talk about winning a bet on yourself.



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