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“Judge-ment” Day #61 is here! Aaron Judge ties Roger Maris with 61 HRs, 61 years after 1961

In 1961, Roger Maris surpassed Babe Ruth in threats and became the all-time home run leader in a single season just with the magical amount of 61, it seems incredible to say that just 61 years later, in 2022, another player of the New York Yankees, the stellar Aaron Judge has matched him and, for now shares the all-time lead in the American League.

This Wednesday night in the game between the recent American League East champions and the Toronto Blue Jays on Canadian soil, Judge connected on a pitch from reliever Tim Mayza and hit a two-RBI home run to widespread applause at the Rogers Center.

Eight-day wait for Aaron Judge’s big day

The eight-day wait came to an end, as Judge had entered his second-longest home run streak of the season, the 60th HR coming on September 20 when he shattered a hit by the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Wil Crowe at Yankee Stadium.

According to MLB.com, most likely no fan was able to catch Aaron Judge’s 61st home run ball, as shown in the broadcast, a Blue Jays fan was unable to catch it and then it bounced and went into the Toronto bullpen where it was caught by Matt Buschmann, assistant coach of the only Canadian team in the MLB.

What’s next for Aaron Judge?

First on Judge’s agenda will be to surpass Maris with his 62nd home run and after them, the three players who still have more home runs than him in a season are Sammy Sosa (63 in 1999, 64 in 2001 and 66 in 1998), Mark McGwire (65 in 1999 and 70 in 1998) and Barry Bonds (73 in 2001).

The Yankees’ next three games are Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.

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