New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run on Wednesday, tying Roger Maris’ single-season American League home run record Sunday, set in 1961.
The New York Yankees slugger crushed a record-tying home run in the 7th inning against Toronto Blue Jays’ Tim Mayza, sending it over the wall at the Rogers Centre.
Maris set the AL record in 1961 while playing for the New York Yankees.
Judge, 30, has already matched Babe Ruth’s streak of more than 90 years and could still surpass Maris’ record of 61 years to seal his place among the all-time greats.
“I say it again and again, Judge Aaron; everybody should watch and take notice,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said last week after Judge hit his 60th home run. “I can say that because I’ve lived it, and he’s shown it: he’s focused on being a great teammate and winning. He knows that everything else will take care of itself.”
After his 60th home run last Tuesday, Judge refused to dwell too much on his record-breaking season.
He told reporters, “I haven’t really been thinking about numbers or statistics and things like that,” Judge said. “I’m going out there trying to help my team win.”
Judge is the sixth player in Major League history to hit at least 60 home runs in a single season.
Judge is unlikely to reach the major league record of 73 home runs in a single season, but many have dismissed the record as currently held by Barry Bonds, who along with other players at the time was embroiled in performance-enhancing drug scandals. allegedly used steroids. Both Bonds and Sammy Sosa have denied the allegations.
Judge disagrees, recently telling Sports Illustrated, “Seventy-three is the record in my book. No matter what people say about that era of baseball, to me, they went out there and hit 73 and 70, and to me that’s a record.”