Aaron Judge ties AL home run record: What to know as Yankees star belts 61st homer to match Roger Maris – CBS Sports

  • September 30, 2022

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New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the 2022 season Wednesday night and in doing so tied Roger Maris’ American League record for most home runs in a season. Judge’s historic blast came against Blue Jays lefty reliever Tim Mayza at Rogers Centre in Toronto. 
“It’s an incredible honor … words can’t describe it,” Judge said after the game (video), adding it was a “relief” to hit No. 61. 

Here is Judge’s milestone home run. The ball landed in the Toronto bullpen, so the Yankees were able to recover it with no issue.
No. 61 snapped a seven-game home run drought for Judge, tying his second longest of the season. He also went seven games between homers from April 14-21. Judge’s season high is nine games without a homer from Aug. 13-21.
It should be noted Judge had a chance to hit his 62nd home run Wednesday night as well, though he grounded out to short in the eighth inning. Judge was walked 13 times between his 60th and 61st home runs — only one of the 13 was intentional — including five times Tuesday and Wednesday alone.
Judge, who has now hit 10 home runs this September, recently achieved just the ninth 60-homer season in the history of Major League Baseball. As well, No. 61 for Judge breaks his tie with Babe Ruth and now ties him with Maris for the most in a season in Yankees franchise history.
Here’s more on Judge’s milestone blast.
Judge’s mother, Patty, and Roger Maris Jr. were in attendance and sitting together at Rogers Centre. Here they are when Judge hit his milestone blast:
Mom and Maris Jr. react to 61 💙 pic.twitter.com/3jSfiqF0Tc
Judge’s family and the Maris family have attended every Yankees game since Judge hit his 60th home run last Tuesday.
There was some wonderful symmetry in this home run chase. Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961 while wearing No. 9. Judge tied Maris’ record 61 years later while wearing No. 99. Baseball can be pretty cool sometimes.
Here is the new AL single-season home run leaderboard:
The Yankees have another seven regular season games remaining after Wednesday, so Judge has a very good opportunity to break the tie with Maris and add to his total. He’s hit as many as seven home runs in a seven-game span this season.
Judge is chasing a lot more than Maris’ record. He’s also chasing a Triple Crown. He entered play Wednesday with a league-leading .314 batting average and dragged it down a bit with a 1-for-4 night. Here is the updated AL batting race:
Not surprisingly, Judge leads the league by large margins in home runs (61) and runs batted in (130). The Triple Crown will come down to the batting race and whether Judge can hold off Arraez and Bogaerts in the season’s final week. 
Judge is angling to become the first Triple Crown winner since Miguel Cabrera in 2012. Overall, the Triple Crown has been achieved just 12 times since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920.
Judge declined a $213.5 million contract extension in spring training and managed to make himself a lot more money this season. Perhaps more than $100 million more. All indications are Judge wants to remain a Yankee and the Yankees want to keep him, but they do need to hammer out a contract. They were unable to do so earlier this year.
The Yankees have an off-day Thursday before returning home for a three-game weekend series with the Orioles. That is their final regular season series at Yankee Stadium and thus Judge’s last chance to hit his 62nd home run in front of the home crowd. Righty Austin Voth is expected to start Friday’s game for the O’s. He has never faced Judge.
Love for mom. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ksLRKRxeIr
The night No. 99 joined No. 9 in baseball history. pic.twitter.com/311iQfWi0F
The @Brewers are just a 1/2 game out of a Wild Card spot. 👀 pic.twitter.com/vX63lyjHzI
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With his 248th K of the year, @GerritCole45 tied Ron Guidry for the Yankees single-season strikeouts record 👏 pic.twitter.com/J1dXAR1GuW
10 homers in September for @MikeTrout! pic.twitter.com/OtwVOhqnmD
3.8 seconds. 61 years of history. #AllRise pic.twitter.com/3xeuoQVCrX
The Eduardo Escobar game! #walkoff

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#AaronJudge SMASHED no. 61 at 117.4 MPH!

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6ixty-one. History. #RepBX pic.twitter.com/XFYdN5CB9u
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The call behind the home run. #AaronJudge pic.twitter.com/Cqt3Ab0Oai
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61 years apart, #AaronJudge joins Roger Maris. pic.twitter.com/wtR4trUbYy
#AaronJudge etches his name in the history book. pic.twitter.com/w0dw2zdzye
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#AaronJudge etches his name in the history book.

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#AllRise for SIXTY-ONE. pic.twitter.com/mPh6O92oZj
Hugs for history. #AaronJudge pic.twitter.com/wZvU47fSM4
Mom and Maris Jr. react to 61 💙 pic.twitter.com/3jSfiqF0Tc
#AaronJudge ties Maris! pic.twitter.com/17g3GDCjjp
61 years since 61.

Aaron Judge has written his name alongside Roger Maris in baseball’s record books. pic.twitter.com/1V4Gums34C
#AllRise for history!#AaronJudge has tied the AL record for HR in a season with 61! pic.twitter.com/nl3VsEWDf4
There’s an aura to 61.

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CJ Abrams has been tinkering with his bat this season.

One thing that hasn’t changed?

The sticker of him and his dad on the bottom of his bat.@masnKolko // @CJAbrams01 pic.twitter.com/tNEqVshWdO

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