New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge scored 61st home run on Wednesday, forcing Roger Maris’s record for home runs in a single season was set in 1961.
The New York Yankees smashed their home run record in round 7 against Tim Mayza of the Toronto Blue Jays, sending it over the wall at Rogers Center.
Maris set an AL record in 1961 while playing for the New York Yankees.
Judge, 30 years old, yes matched Babe Ruth’s total from over 90 years ago and still manages to surpass Maris’ 61-year-old record, securing his place among all-time batting greats.
“I keep saying it over and over, Aaron Judge; people should just watch and pay attention,” Yankees head coach Aaron Boone said last week after Judge hits 60th run. “I can say this because I have lived it and he has shown this: he is focused on being a great teammate and winning. He knows everything else will take care of itself.”
After his 60th home run last Tuesday, Judge has refused to give too much attention to his record-setting season.
He told reporters, “I haven’t really thought 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 season.
Judge is unlikely to hit a major single-season record of 73 home runs, but many have brushed the record aside as it is now held by Barry Bonds – along with other players of the era. there – embroiled in performance-enhancing drug scandals and alleged steroid use. Bonds and Sammy Sosa have denied those allegations.
The judge disagreed, telling Sports Illustrated recently: “Seventy-three is the record in my book. No matter what people want to say about that baseball era, for me, they went out and beat 73 hosts and 70 hosts, and that’s a record for me. ”