Yankees star vs. Maris AL record

Baseball history emerges as Aaron Judge nears Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 homers with 15 games remaining.

The New York Yankees outfielder came a step closer Tuesday night with his 60th home run of the year against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Yankees outfielder had a stellar season on the plate, hitting .316 and logging 128 RBIs. He’s one of the reasons New York is among the MLB elite getting into the stretch run.

Judge only needs two home runs to break Maris’ record set in 1961 – a mark that has stood for six decades and until Mark McGwire turned 70 in 1998, which was a single-season record for the entire MLB.

Judge’s quest to reach 62 captivated the baseball world. We’re tracking every home run he hits from now through the end of the season.

Here Judge stands on his hunt for MLB history.

All-time home run list for a season

1. Barry Bonds, 73 (2001)
2. Mark McGwire, 70 (1998)
3. Sammy Sosa, 66 (1998)
4. Mark McGwire, 65 (1999)
5. Sammy Sosa, 64 (2001)
6. Sammy Sosa, 63 (1999)
7.Roger Maris, 61 (1961)
T-8 Babe Ruth, 60 (1927)
Aaron Richter, 60 (2022)
T-9 Babe Ruth, 59 (1921)
Giancarlo Stanton, 59 (2017)

Aaron Judge’s next games:

Wednesday 7:05 p.m. ET vs. PIT (vs. Roansy Contreras)

Thursday, 7:15 p.m. ET vs. BOS (opposite Michael Wacha)

Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET vs. BOS (opposite Rich Hill)

Home run #60

With Maris’ sons Roger Jr. and Kevin looking out over Yankee Stadium, Judge launched his 60th home run of the season deep into left field in front of Pirates pitcher Wil Crowe. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Judge is the first player to score his 60th of the season from starting position and the first to do so from anywhere other than third or fourth. Shortly after Judge hit his 60th place finish, Giancarlo Stanton hit a game-winning walk-off grand slam to rally the Yankees in ninth place from an 8-4 deficit.

Home run #59

On a 1-2 count, Judge Angel Perdomo put 443 feet to left field for his second home run of the game. He now holds the all-time AL record for home runs by a right-hander and is one whit away from tying Babe Ruth for second all-time in AL history.

Home run #58

Judge took a third pitch sinker 414 feet to right field from Jason Alexander for his 58th home run of the season. He has now tied Hank Greenberg and Jimmie Foxx for the AL record for most home runs by a right-handed hitter.

Home run #57

Judge launched a 389-foot home run over the Green Monster in front of Garrett Whitlock. It’s his 10th multi-home run game of the season, tying him with Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx for the second most in American League history. Only Hank Greenberg has more at 11.

Home run #56

The judge thumped a 383-foot homer right over the right field wall at Fenway Park in front of Nick Pivetta. According to research by ESPN Stats and Information, Judge’s 56 home runs are the fourth most by a Yankee in a single season in franchise history, behind only Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in 1961 and Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs in 1927 and 59 home runs in 1921.

Home run #55

The judge suggested a 374-foot home run to left field by Louie Varland Wednesday afternoon. It’s the second time in his career that he’s hit a home run in at least four straight games. Judge is now on pace for 65 home runs, assuming he plays the Yankees’ remaining 26 games.

Home run #54

Judge hit Trevor Megill with a home run in two runs down left field, breaking a 2-2 tie and proving to be the deciding factor in a 5-2 win. This ties him with Alex Rodriguez for the most home runs in a season by a right-hander in New York Yankees history.

Home run #53

Early in the game, Judge needed only two pitches before taking Shawn Armstrong 450 feet to left field. It’s Judge’s new career high in home runs. He’s on pace for 66 home runs, which would put Sammy Sosa at the third most in MLB history.

Home run #52

In the top of the ninth inning against the Rays, Judge launched a 392-foot thingy off a Jason Adam substitution for his 52nd homer, matching his 2017 career high.

Home run #51

The judge took a fastball into midfield from Angels starter Mike Mayers. He is now tied with Maris for the most pre-September home runs in Yankees history.

Home run #50

The judge launched a 1-1 curveball from Jose Quijada into midfield for his 50th home run of the year. He is the first Yankees player with 50 HR before September since Roger Maris in 1961. It is also his second 50-homer season of his career. He is the third Yankees player to record multiple 50-HR seasons, alongside Babe Ruth (4) and Mickey Mantle (2). He has hit 63 home runs this season.

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Emma Bowman

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