New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his season-leading 1st game against the Minnesota Twins on Monday 54 home runs, pulling him to a single-season record of 61 with Roger Maris’ team and the American League, established in the 1961 season. Judge set a new personal best on Sunday after hitting a 53rd in a win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Judge’s Monday home run, two runs, his third in as many games , against right-hand reliever Trevor Megill in the bottom of the sixth inning. The home run broke the 2-2 tie between the teams. Here’s the explosion in all movie glory: According to Statcast, the judge’s The home run left the bat at an exit speed of 109.6 mph and went 404 feet.
After Monday, the Yankees have 27 games left. If Judge continues to hit home runs at his current rate — one home run every 2.5 team games — he will end the season with 65. Of course, that would break Maris’ record with the team and the AL. It would also put Judge fourth in single-season history, which would put him just behind Barry Bonds (73 in 2001), Mark McGwell (70 in 1998) and Sammy Sosa (66). ) season. 1998). It’s worth remembering that Judge is an upcoming free agent. He turned down an offer from the Yankees in spring training for a seven-year extension that would have paid him $213.5 million.
CBS Sports recently projected him as a top free agent in the upcoming class
, noting that there is only one other Players (Paul Goldschmidt) have accumulated better than substitutes during the pandemic.