Aaron Judge up to bat on breaking MLB home run record
Aaron Judge is just two home runs away from setting a new record in the American League for home runs in a season.
Judge on Tuesday became the sixth person to hit 60 home runs in an MLB season. The current home run record for the American League is 61 homers, held by Yankees great Roger Maris who broke Babe Ruth's record in 1961.
If Judge hits his 61st home run this season, it will have been exactly 61 years since Maris’ record.
Judge was unable to hit that 61st home run Wednesday night in a 14-2 Yankees win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Judge hit two doubles.
Tuesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates tied Judge with Ruth, who hit 60 homers in 1927.
Judge called it an incredible honor. The fan who caught the 60th home run ball gave it back to Judge in exchange for a signed bat and ball.
To make the win even sweeter, the Yankees won the game on a Giancarlo Stanton walk-off grand slam.
Judge now leads the American League in batting average, RBIs and homers, making him the first player since Miguel Cabrera in 2012 to lead in all three triple crown categories.