Aaron Judge hits 60th home run of season, putting him in elite MLB club – Fox News

Aaron Judge hits 60th home run of season, putting him in elite MLB club - Fox News

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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 blast of the year was a solo shot in the ninth inning off of The pirates of Pittsburgh Will Crowe.

Judge is also the third Yankee to hit 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 so in 2001.

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees 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 September 07, 2022, in the Bronx borough of New York.

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees 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 September 07, 2022, in the Bronx borough of New York.
(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Judge’s next two home runs will also be huge milestones as he will connect and break Maris’ American League record.

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Bonds, Sosa, and Mark McGwire later surpassed Maris, but their links to performance-enhancing drugs have tarnished their legacies to many baseball fans who believe Judge’s 62nd home run will be the true all-time single season record.

Judge himself said so “73 is the record,” but some think 62 could be worth as much as $10 million.

Ticket prices for the chance to watch and/or catch 61 and 62 have also gone up, so Judge can stay as humble as he wants, but 62 is historic no matter what.

Aaron Judge (99) of the New York Yankees bats and hits a home run against the Minnesota Twins on September 2, 2022, at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York.

Aaron Judge (99) of the New York Yankees bats and hits a home run against the Minnesota Twins on September 2, 2022, at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York.
(Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

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On Sunday, Judge set the single-season record for most home runs hit by a right-handed hitter with his 59th dinger of the year.

Judge will be a free agent this year after declining the Yankees’ $230.5 million offer over eight years, and no bet on himself has ever worked out so well.

The 30-year-old not only leads baseball in home runs, but he also leads the majors in RBI (128), on-base percentage (.419), slugging percentage (.703), total bases (372), and runs scored. (123). Entering Tuesday, his .316 batting average was .001 behind AL leader Luis Arraez of the Minnesota Twins. He also leads the AL with 93 walks.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, right, gestures to fans after a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in New York.  The Yankees won 1-0.

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, right, gestures to fans after a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in New York. The Yankees won 1-0.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Judge has 15 more games to break the record. Since July 15th, he is averaging just over a home run in every other game.

The Yankees were down 8-4 when Judge hit the blast, but it sparked a huge comeback for the Yankees who won on a Giancarlo Stanton walk-off grand slam to beat the Pirates, 9-8.

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