Yankees’ Aaron Judge Reaches 60 Home Runs, Gets Close to AL Record

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge in 2019. Photo by REX/Shutterstock (10190951c)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge in 2019. Photo by REX/Shutterstock (10190951c)

There are now six players in the history of MLB that have managed to hit at least 60 home runs in a single season. The newest member of the 60-homers club is the New York Yankees superstar Aaron Judge, who reached the mark in 9-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Judge hit his 60th home run of the 2022 season in the ninth-inning to help the Yankees turn the game around after 4-8 deficit. The 30-year-old slugger is now one homer shy from the all-time American League record set by Roger Maris in 1961.

“I’m trying to enjoy it all, soak it all in, but I know I still have a job to do out on the field every single day and I just have to keep my head down, keep preparing and stay mentally focused,” said Judge of his achievement.

While Judge tried to downplay his historic run, there is no doubt he is putting up one of the best seasons in MLB history and is rightfully an MVP favorite. On top of his 60 homers, Judge also has .316 batting average and 128 RBIs, both career-highs. Thanks to his stellar performances, the Yankees are comfortably sitting at the top of AL East with 89-58 record.

With 15 games left to be played in the season, Judge will have plenty of time to tie Maris’ record and eventually break it. However, getting close to Barry Bonds’ record of 73 home runs in a single MLB season stills seems out of reach.