Aaron Judge Made Home Run History

Kamryn Martinez

Aaron Judge has hit his 62nd home run of the 2022 MLB season, setting the single season record for the American League His 62nd home run, which came off Texas Rangers righty Jesus Tinoco on Tuesday in the Yankees final series of the season.

He moved him past Roger Maris, who held the previous junior circuit record with 61 home runs in 1961. Judge has a history of many home runs. In 2017 he hit 52 home runs. Judge also didn’t come with many home runs. In his first 13 games he only made one home run. Judge first reached a pace of 50 on May 13 after homering against the Chicago White Sox but went back between 49 and 50 for 10 days. This was until homering twice on May 23 in a loss to the Baltimore Orioles, bumping his total to 52.6. He homered just once more, dropping his projection to 50.9. Judge slowed down in August.

He is now considered the home run king. Judge said, “73 is the record in my book.” He told Tom Verducci, of Sports Illustrated, shortly before slugging his 60th home run of 2022. By Tuesday night, Judge was struggling. He had gone without a homerun in the series against orioles, and was 2 -for -9 in the first two games in a series against the Texas Rangers, in Arlington. Passing Maries had seemed impossible. But then, in the first inning of the second half of a doubleheader, Judge faced Jesus Ticono. His 6-foot-7 body whipped the bat. Judge rounded the bases and his teammates were there to cheer him on. Many fans gave him a standing ovation as well. In the season’s 161st game, 61 years after Maris hit 61 home runs. Judge hit 62. It was11 home runs fewer than the record. However it was an important day in baseball history.