Aaron Judge Home Run Tracker: The Yankees hit 66 after matching Babe Ruth’s 60th homer.

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gettyimages 1426044212 1 Aaron Judge Home Run Tracker: The Yankees hit 66 after matching Babe Ruth's 60th homer.

Aaron Judge has joined MLB home run royalty. The Yankees star hit his 60th home run of the season on Tuesday night, joining an exclusive list of sluggers and putting him one homer away from tying Roger Morris for the American League single-season record. Judge’s 60th home run tied him with Babe Ruth for the eighth most in a season in MLB history.

Again the spring training judge very reasonably declined A seven-year contract extension worth $213.5 millionit was a bold decision, no doubt, and the judge has responded by doing the seemingly impossible this season: He earned more money, some players crack under that pressure. No to the judge. He thrived.

In addition to home runs, Judge leads the league in walks, runs, RBI, total bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+ and WAR in both the FanGraphs and Baseball Reference versions. The race for the home run title isn’t much of a race.

Here’s the MLB home run leaderboard for Sept. 22:

  1. Aaron Judge, Yankees: 60
  2. Kyle Schwarber, Phillies: 40
  3. Yordan Alvarez, Astros; Austin Riley, Braves; Pete Alonso, Mets, 37

Judge has slugged 60 homers through 148 team games and is on pace to hit 66 home runs this season.

There is some wonderful symmetry in Judge’s pursuit of Maris’ AL home run record. Maurice, who died in 1985, hit 61 homers in 1961, 61 years ago. 9. Judge wears no. 99. Also, Judge hit his 203rd career home run in August. 10, the same number of homers Maurice hit with the Yankees.

“It’s always nice to see Dad back in the public eye a little bit for the accolades he’s gotten in baseball. He accomplished so much in the game. We couldn’t be more proud of what he accomplished. Sixty-one is a unique number,” said Kevin Morris, one of Roger’s sons. told MLB.com in August“… but (we) will be excited if (Judge) can achieve that monumental task. It’s a unique achievement, one of the best in sports. Hitting baseball is not easy. To accomplish that, you’ve done it for a season, not just one game or one at-bat.” .”

Single-season home run leaderboard

Before we go any further, I should note that only eight times in MLB history has a player hit 60 home runs in a season, and six of those eight came during the so-called steroid era. It’s not often that we talk about what a judge does. Here are the eight 60 home runs in history:

  1. Barry Bonds, 2001 Giants: 73
  2. Mark McGwire, 1998 Cardinals: 70
  3. Sammy Sosa, 1998 Cubes: 66
  4. Mark McGwire, 1999 Cardinals: 65
  5. Sammy Sosa, 2001 Cubes: 64
  6. Sammy Sosa, 1999 Cubes: 63
  7. Roger Morris, 1961 Yankees: 61
  8. Babe Ruth, 1927 Yankees: 60
  9. Aaron Judge, 2022 Yankees: 60 (and counting)

Giancarlo Stanton went 59 times deep in his 2017 NL MVP season, hitting 60 homers last in MLB. That included a truly mind-blowing stretch in which Stanton hit 30 homers over a 48-game span. Ryan Howard slugged 58 homers during his 2006 NL MVP season. Even in this homer-happy era, a player rarely scores a true run in 60 dingers.

What Judge has to do throughout the season

Judge would need to hit a home run in New York’s final 14 games to match Morris’ AL record, meaning he would need two homers to break the record.

Here are the paces Judge must maintain to reach that milestone:

62 homers (New AL single-season record)

2

7.00 p.m

61 homers (Tied Maris’ AL record)

1

14.00

Current speed of the judge

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2.47

The Yankee Stadium factor

Judge is certainly playing in the perfect home ballpark to hit over 60 homers. Yankee Stadium is one of the most home-run-happy ballparks in the major leagues, although Judge didn’t exactly stuff his total into the short right-field corridor on the cheap. According to Statcast, Judge has hit just two home runs this season that would have been homers in Yankee Stadium and only Yankee Stadium: a 364-footer vs. Shane McClanahan on June 15 and another 364-footer against Jonathan Heasley on July 30.

That home run against Heasley was Judge’s 200th career homer. He hit 200 career homers in 671 games A few seconds behind Ryan Howard (658)

Not surprisingly, Judge’s career home run rate at home (one every 13.2 plate appearances) is higher than his home run rate on the road (one every 16.1 plate appearances). The umpire may hit the ball from any part of the park.

What about his workload?

This is important. The Yankees have 14 games left, but Judge can’t play them all. The Yankees have been all-in on load management for years, and they rarely deviate from their rest schedule.

Judge has been completely healthy this season, never missed a day with an injury, and has started 141 of his team’s 148 games (he pinch-hit four times). Judge would start 13 of New York’s final 14 games at the same pace. Even one less start would diminish Maurice’s chances of matching or breaking the AL record.

Despite the recent bad stretch, the Yankees have a postseason lock and the ultimate goal is to win the World Series (Judge himself will tell you), so they’ll do what they can to make sure the team is in top shape. In the month of October. They haven’t forgotten about the home run chase and potential history, especially since it puts a lot of bums in the seats. How can the Yankees put Judge at home in September?

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