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Yankees: Aaron Judge hits 60th homer, ties Babe Ruth’s record

Yankees: Aaron Judge hits 60th homer, ties Babe Ruth’s record

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Sep 21
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Only five players in Major League history have hit 60 home runs in a single season until New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge joined this exclusive club Tuesday night with a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Leading off the ninth inning, Judge drove a sinker from right-hander Wil Crowe 430 feet into the left-field bleachers, sparking a five-run Yankees rally to win 9-8.

There have now been nine 60-homer seasons in MLB history, achieved by six different players. He joined Ruth and Roger Maris in the Hall of Fame, as well as Barry Bonds (2001), Mark McGwire (1999, 1998), and Sammy Sosa (2001, 1999, 1998).

“It’s an incredible honor,” he said. “It’s something I don’t take lightly at all. But we’re not done. We still have a couple games left in this season and hopefully, a couple of more wins come with them.”

As of now, there are no other players who come close to Judge’s 60 homers. Behind him, at 40 this season is Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber and three homers below that is New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso.

"I don't think about the numbers," Judge said. "When you talk about Ruth and Maris and [Mickey] Mantle and all these Yankeegreats that did so many great things in this game, you never imagine as a kid being mentioned with them. It's an incredible honor. It's something I don't take lightly at all. But we're not done. We still have a couple games left in this season and hopefully a couple of more wins come with them."

- Aaron Judge

We are witnessing greatness

As a result of Judge’s .316 batting average, he moved into the AL lead over Minnesota Twins first baseman Luis Arraez, whose average dropped to .314. As the league’s leading home run and RBI producer (128), Judge has a chance to become the 11th player to win the Triple Crown since RBIs became official in 1920.

 

"To be that far ahead of the field," Boone marveled, "it's hard for me to grip." No one else in the majors has more than 40 homers."

- Aaron Boone

"It had a little motor on it to be sure."

- Giancarlo Stanton

  • Aaron Judge

    Aaron James Judge is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball .

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  • Babe Ruth

    George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935.

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  • New York Yankees

    The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx.

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  • Roger Maris

    Roger Eugene Maris was an American professional baseball right fielder.

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