Twelve stats you may not know about… Aaron Judge

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Judge attended college at Fresno State for three years. He hit a total of 18 home runs at the school in 169 games.
  8. 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.
  9. He hit nine homers against Baltimore in 2022, most of any team this season.
  10. Of his 62 dingers, he hit 30 at home and 32 on the road.
  11. Forty-nine of his 62 HRs came in a Yankees win; 13 in a Yankees loss.
  12. 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.
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