The Yankees outfielder made history on Tuesday when he hit his 62nd home run of the season, breaking Roger Maris’ American League and franchise record from 1961. Some would say it was also the real MLB record.
He hit the big number against the Texas Rangers’ Jesus Tinoco in the first at-bat of the second-to-last regular season game. In the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, Judge was the designated hitter and went 1 for 5. In the eighth inning, he hit a single and scored a run. After a pop-out in the fifth inning, he was caught slamming his helmet in the dugout. This showed how upset he was that he hadn’t hit a home run in a while.
Early in the second game, he seemed to take out his anger by hitting a 1-1 pitch from Tinoco 391 feet into the left field bleachers at 100.3 MPH for No. 62.
Judge struck out in the top of the second inning, and manager Aaron Boone took him out of the outfield in the second half of the inning.
It’s the most home runs hit in a season since Barry Bonds set the PED-tainted record of 73 home runs with the Giants in 2001. Sammy Sosa, another big hitter whose use of steroids made him look bad, hit 64 home runs for the Cubs that year. Sosa’s career high was 66 home runs, which he hit in 1998 when he was trying to catch Mark McGwire, who finished with 70. Aaron Judge said he still thinks Bonds is the home run champ, even though many people don’t believe his record because he used steroids.
Early in September, Judge said, “The record is the record.” “That’s the rule I follow. I saw him as a child easily flip the ball into the bay. The same is still true.” Judge first said this to the San Francisco Chronicle in an interview, saying, “No one can take that away from him.”
But Judge said that he hadn’t been thinking about Maris’s achievement. Everything you need to know about Aaron Judge and his attempt to break the record for home runs: Judge said of his move up the home run leaderboard, “I’m not really chasing or looking at anything.” “It’s just taking place.”
Aaron Judge just hit his 62nd Homer for this season. So now he's broken the tie, moved past Roger Maris and has set a new Yankees/AL single season Home Run record. #AllRise #AaronJudge #Yankees pic.twitter.com/JmvMwCcKXD
— 😎BulldogBenFla😎 (@BulldogBen) October 5, 2022
And Judge, who grew up in California cheering for Bonds and the Giants, said he doesn’t plan to try to beat Bonds’ 73 either.
Aaron Judge said, “Not really.” “That year was pretty crazy. It’s hard to get that number.” This year, nothing seems out of reach for the 30-year-old Judge, who started the season by rejecting the Yankees’ seven-year, $213.5 million contract extension offer and chose to gamble on himself and head to free agency, unwilling to negotiate during the season.
That looks like it could be one of the best bets ever. Aaron Judge has responded with a career-best season. He is on track to lead the major leagues in home runs and RBIs. Even though Shohei Ohtani is a two-way star for the Angels, he is almost certain to win his first AL MVP award.
Judge’s accomplishment is even more impressive because he didn’t start out very well. In his first 54 at-bats, he only hit one home run.
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