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Aaron Judge hits 61 home runs in a single AL MLB season


New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge tied MLB’s American League (AL) record for most home runs in a single season Wednesday night in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Center.

Thrown by Toronto Blue Jays reliever Tim Mayza, Judge hit his 61st homer of the season into the Blue Jays bullpen in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game.

With Aaron Hicks on first base, Judge hit the record home run on a 3-2 count to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead.

Tonight’s game is the third in a three-game series between the Yankees and Jays, the last time the teams will meet in the 2022 regular season.

In the first two games at Rogers Center, Judge walked six times and stayed at 60 homers. The Yankees won Tuesday’s game 5-2, capturing the AL East title.

Game 1 of the series on Monday saw the Jays beat the Yankees 3-2 in a late-tenth outing.

WHO HAS HIT THE MOST HOME RUNS HIT IN MLB?

Judge now shares the AL record with Yankees player Roger Maris, who hit 61 home runs during the 1961 season. Before Maris, Babe Ruth set the AL record at 60 home runs, albeit during a longer season, in 1927.

While the American League record was tied tonight, the MLB record remains intact.

Barry Bonds currently holds the MLB record for most home runs in a season, with 73 in the 2001 season while playing in the National League for the San Francisco Giants. However, some dispute Bond’s record, as it came at a time of massive league performance-enhancing drug scandals.

The remaining National League players to hit more than 61 homers in a season are Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, at 70 and 66 respectively in the 1998 season.

In 2009, The New York Times reported that Sosa was one of 104 gamers who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in an anonymous 2003 survey. The substance was never identified, and Sosa never made a statement. public regarding alleged drug use.

In 2010, McGwire admitted to using steroids on and off for more than a decade during his career.

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