On September 20 at Yankee Stadium, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (@TheJudge44) hit his 60th home run of the year becoming the sixth player in MLB history to hit 60 home runs in a season. Judge ended the year with 62 long balls, setting the new single-season American League home run record.
Judge joined Barry Bonds, Roger Maris, Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth and Sammy Sosa as the six players to have 60 or more HRs in a season. That number has been reached nine times; Sosa did it three times, while McGwire did it twice
Here are 12 stats you may not know about Judge joining this elite group and his career in baseball.
- Judge was 30 when he reached 60 homers. Bonds was the oldest to reach that milestone at 36; the youngest was Maris who was 26 when he hit 61 in 1961.
- Of the six players (nine times) to hit 60 home runs, none ended the season with 200 or more hits. The most hits of the 600-HR Club were 198 by Sosa in 1998. McGwire had the fewest… he had only 145 hits in 1999 when he hit 65 HRs.
- Judge did not have a triple this season. He joins Sosa in 1998 and McGwire in 1998 as players with no triples in their 60-HR season.
- Aaron had 131 RBI this season, a career high. That’s the fewest in a season for the players who hit 60 home runs in a season. He did have 16 stolen bases this season. That’s second-most of the 60-HR Club… Sosa had 18 in 1998.
- Judge’s previous high in home runs in the majors was 52 in 2017 when he won the American League Rookie of the Year and finished second in the league MVP voting.
- The most home runs Judge hit in a season in the minors was 20 when he split time between Double-AA and Triple-AAA in 2015.
- Judge attended college at Fresno State for three years. He hit a total of 18 home runs at the school in 169 games.
- Of his 62 homers this season, Judge hit 22 in Innings 1-3, 17 in Innings 4-6, 22 in Innings 7-9, and one in extra innings.
- He hit nine homers against Baltimore in 2022, most of any team this season.
- Of his 62 dingers, he hit 30 at home and 32 on the road.
- Forty-nine of his 62 HRs came in a Yankees win; 13 in a Yankees loss.
- Prior to the start of the 2022 post-season, Judge had played in 10 different playoff series hitting 11 post-season HRs in 35 playoff games. He had at least one home run in seven of the 10 post-season series.