Aaron Judge hits 62nd homer to break Maris’ AL record

The home run sets what some fans consider baseball’s “clean” standard. While Maris’ record had previously been surpassed six times, all had been tainted by steroid use.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Aaron Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season Tuesday night, breaking Roger Maris’ record in the American League and setting what some fans consider a “clean” baseball standard.

The long hunt for a 1961 mark ended when the 30-year-old Yankees slugger drove a 1-1 slider by Texas right-hander Jesús Tinoco into the first row of left field seats in what led the second game of New York’s Day-Night double head.

After taking a soft, powerful swing, No. 99 had a big smile on his face as he rounded bases and his Yankees teammates flocked from the dugout to celebrate with him. They stayed away from home plate and let Judge step on it before sharing hugs and high-fives.

Barry Bonds holds the major league record of 73 homers, set with the San Francisco Giants in 2001.

The judge’s mother and father were in the stands to watch him end a five-game run without a homer, including Game 1 of the doubleheader when he went 1-5 with a single.

The ball was caught by Dallas’ Cory Youmans, who was sitting in the 31 section. When asked what he intends to do with the ball While he was certainly taken away to have the ball authenticated, Youmans replied, “Good question. I didn’t think about it.”

Another fan was led away after jumping over the rail into a gap between the seats and the left field wall.

Judge, who is eligible to become a free agent after this season, slammed on a full-count pitch when he struck again in the second.

He took right field late in the inning before manager Aaron Boone pulled him out of the game. Oswaldo Cabrera, who had been at second base, moved to right field and the slugger got another loud ovation as he jogged back to the Yankees’ dugout on the third base side.

The reaction came quickly from well beyond the stadium.

“History made, more history made,” President Joe Biden posted on Twitter.

Former Yankees star Derek Jeter tweeted: “Congratulations @TheJudge44 on turning 62! Next postseason!!!”

Maris’ 61 for the Yankees had been surpassed six times before, but all were tainted by the stench of steroids. Along with Bond’s record, Mark McGwire reached 70 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and 65 the following year. Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs had 66, 65 and 63 during a four-season span beginning in 1998.

McGwire admitted to using banned steroids, while Bonds and Sosa denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball began testing penalties for PEDs in 2004, and some fans — perhaps many — have considered Maris the legitimate record holder until now.

A Ruthian figure with a smile as big as his body, the 6ft 7 judge has rocked the big leagues with a series of deep drives reminiscent of the sepia-toned film reels of his iconic pinstriped predecessors.

“He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champion,” Roger Maris Jr. said Wednesday night after the judge adjusted his father’s mark. “I think baseball needs to look at the records, and I think baseball should do something.”

Judge had only homed once in his last 13 games, and that was when he finished 61st in Toronto last Wednesday. The doubleheader nightcap in Texas was his 55th straight game since Aug. 5.

The judge was 3 for 17 with five walks and a hit by pitch since he surpassed Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs in 1927, which had stood as a major league record for 34 years. Maris hit his 61st win against Tracy Stallard of Boston on October 1, 1961 at old Yankee Stadium.

Judge has a chance to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012. He leads the AL with 131 RBIs and started the day behind Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who hit .315.

The home run in his first at-bat brought him back to .311 where he started on the day before dropping a point in the opener.

The judge’s performance will spark endless debates.

“For me, the record holder for single-season home runs is Roger Maris,” author George Will said earlier this month. “There’s no indication that we see better baseball as better chemistry in Judge’s case. he is clean He doesn’t do anything that forces other players to risk their health.”

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