Aaron Judge, great single-season performances by any hitter in baseball history on Tuesday night, smashing his 62nd home run of the year.
Aaron Judge : 62 home run video | Who caught 62
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge made baseball history on Tuesday with his 62nd homer of the MLB season, breaking Roger Maris’ American League home run mark that stood for over six decades.
|August 13, 2016, for the New York Yankees
(through October 4, 2022)
|Runs batted in
Judge smashed the record breaker in the first inning against the Texas Rangers. He hit the dinger in the leadoff spot, his fourth career home run from that position, all coming this year, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He now sits alone at seventh on the all-time single-season home runs list.
The historic feat only adds to Judge’s sensational season. Entering Tuesday’s game, he touted a .310 batting average, a 1.106 OPS and 130 RBIs. He also is in the running for the Triple Crown, another accolade he could add to his accomplishments this year.
Sports Twitter took notice of Judge’s big moment, and many stars, including Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Yankees legend Derek Jeter and more, commended the outfielder on an incredible achievement.
Aaron Judge 62 home run video
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge blasted his 62nd home run of the year Tuesday night in Texas, making him baseball’s greatest single-season long-ball hitter — outside of MLB’s notorious steroid era.
Judge’s record-setting hit came in the first inning, off Rangers pitcher Jesus Tinoco, in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Globe Life Field in Arlington.
Judge drove an 88 mph slider over the left-field wall, where the ball was caught by a fan who went to the game ready with his glove.
The blast came off Judge’s bat at 100.2 mph and was measured at 391 feet.
Judge said that as he circled the bases, he relived the journey of this season and all the help he’s had along the way.
“I was thinking of my wife, thinking of my family, my teammates, the fans,” Judge told reporters after the game, a 3-2 Rangers win.
The Yankees poured out of their dugout as soon as Judge touched home plate to celebrate his milestone, which broke a tie with Roger Maris, who hit 61 shots in 1961, for the most hit in a single American League season.
Who caught 62
Cory Youmans, the fan who caught Yankees superstar Aaron Judge’s record-breaking 62nd home run Tuesday night, has already turned down offers of $2million for his piece of history.
Judge finally broke the single-season AL home run record Tuesday night, and Youmans, who muscled his way above his rivals to catch the ball, is in for a massive payday.
Not long after grabbing the historic memento, Youmans already received – and turned down – offers of $2 million, according to Front Office Sports.
JP Cohen, the president of Memory Lane, reportedly put out that offer before it was even hit and it remains to be seen what the ball could fetch in an open auction.
After catching the home run ball, which was hit in the first inning in Texas against the Rangers, Youmans was seen being escorted away from his seat by security.
Youmans was asked was asked what he was going to do with the ball after he secured the valuable artifact. ‘That’s a good question, I haven’t thought about it,’ he said.
But Youmans might not need the cash as he is a Vice-President of Fisher Investments, which manages $197 billion worldwide, according to USA Today.
Youmans happens to be the husband of Dallas sports reporter and Bachelor Nation alum Bri Amaranthus.