The first player in the American League to hit 60 home runs in a season has done so in more than 60 years.
With his 60th home run of the year, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees became the first player in the American League to reach that mark since Yankees outfielder Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961.
Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees has become only the third American League player in history to hit 60 or more home runs in a season.
Both men that did it previously in the American League were outfielders for the Yankees.1. Roger Maris, 61, in 19612.Babe Ruth, 60, in 1927.3.Aaron Judge 60,in 2022
The achievement was made by Judge on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As a result, the Yankees were able to defeat the Pirates. When the bottom of the ninth inning rolled along, the Yankees were behind 8-4.
Overall, Judge's accomplishment of 60 home runs has strengthened his case for AL MVP.
Judge led all of baseball going into play on Tuesday in runs (122), total bases (368), intentional walks (17), home runs (59), RBI (127), on-base percentage (.419), slugging percentage (.701), OPS (1.120), OPS+ (213), and WAR (9.6).
The Yankees kept their 5.5-game advantage over the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East with their victory on Tuesday.