NEW YORK – Aaron Judge is finding new and unique ways to remember his 2022 season. A night after a walk-off homer accounted for the only run in a 1-0 win over the Royals, the judges received more chants of “MVP” from the Yankee Stadium crowd.
He and DJ Lemhieu both scored runs in the judge’s third innings off Royals starter Chris Bubik, who went past the judge’s at-bat. This gave the judge 40 home runs, before the month of August even arrived. Then, during the eighth innings of eight runs, Judge ended the loss with a massive Grand Slam for No. 41.
Judge is knocking down milestone after milestone and he has done something that only three other American League hitters have ever accomplished. Babe Ruth hit 41 home runs by the end of July to set an AL record with the New York Yankees in 1928, which was tied by the Philadelphia Athletics’ Jimmy Foxx later in 1932. This record held until 1998 when Ken Griffey Jr. hit 41 homers first. August 1 during his second-to-last season with the Seattle Mariners.
Ruth ended her 1928 campaign with 54 home runs and 146 runs. Fox ended the 1932 season with 58 home runs and 169 RBIs, while Griffey scored a total of 56 home runs and 146 RBIs.
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Judge has now scored six home runs in five games and set a new Major League record with his ninth multi-home run game through his team’s first 101 games.
No other hitter in Major League Baseball has more than 32 homers.
In addition to Judge’s home run to win Thursday’s game and both on Friday, Judge hit a homer against the Mets on Tuesday and an out on Sunday in the series finale against Baltimore.
Roger Maris, another Yankees legend, holds the American League—though not the Major League—for most homers in a season with 61. Barry Bonds (73 in 2001), Mark McGwire (70 in 1998, 65 in ’99) and Sammy Sosa (66 in 1998, 63 in ’99, 64 in ’01) eclipsed Maris in the National League.
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Two-time Aaron Judge Homers, including Grand Slams, makes Yankees history