Sixty-one was once one of the most mythical numbers in all of professional sports.
Roger Maris’ 61 home runs in 1961 was considered a season record until Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa broke the record in 1998. In 2001, Barry Bonds passed them all by reaching 73. But since then, McGwire, Sosa and Bonds have all been linked to using performance-enhancing drugs, making it difficult to question who really holds the record.
No player since Bonds had hit 60 homers until Judge did 21 years later. And now the Yankees’ bat has surpassed Maris. Judge beat No. 62 ahead of Jesus Tinoco on Tuesday night, breaking the American League record.
To fully appreciate the magnitude and scope of one of the greatest individual offensive seasons in baseball history, The Athletic went through each of Judge’s 62 home runs and spoke to pitchers who gave up, in addition to analyzing the trends and statistics behind them each of them. starting with #1.
Date: April 13, The BronxPitcher: Jose Berrios, Blue JaysHomer in 30 of 30 parks, per @would_it_dong
The judge’s pursuit of Maris began after Anthony Rizzo exploded. Before Rizzo could even put his helmet in the rack in the dugout, Judge shot up a sinker that ran through the center of the zone and flew him into the left field stand at 108.4 mph.
https://theathletic.com/3615387/2022/10/04/aaron-judge-hr-chase/?source=rss Inside Aaron Judge’s amazing march to MLB and Yankees history, one home run at a time