Tracking the Yankees slugger in 2022

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With his prodigious home run power, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is on the verge of a historic season. He may not catch Barry Bonds’ all-time record of 73 home runs in 2001, but several other important milestones could be attainable.

Judge could become just the sixth player in baseball history to hit 60 or more home runs in a season (joining Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Maris and Babe Ruth).

He could also approach the Yankees franchise record of 61 homers Maris set in 1961. And since Bonds, McGwire and Sosa all played for National League teams, Maris’ total of 61 is still the American League record.

Aaron Judge is making a run at Roger Maris’ American League and New York Yankees franchise record of 61 home runs in a season.

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Here’s the latest on Judge’s progress (updated through Sept. 14):

How many home runs does Aaron Judge have?

Judge homered off Boston Red Sox pitcher Nick Pivetta to lead off the sixth inning Tuesday night before launching another off Garrett Whitlock in the eighth to give him 57 home runs on the season.

How many home runs is Aaron Judge on pace to hit this season?

With 57 homers in the Yankees’ 143 games, Judge is averaging 0.4 home runs per game. Continuing on that pace for the rest of the season, he would finish with a total of 64.

How likely is it Aaron Judge will catch Roger Maris?

Judge needs 4 home runs in the Yankees’ final 19 games to tie Maris’ AL and franchise record.

That means he’ll need to average 0.21 home runs per game (or one homer every 4.75 games) over the rest of the regular season to get to 61.

How likely is it Aaron Judge will catch Barry Bonds?

Judge needs 16 home runs in the Yankees’ final 19 games to tie Bonds’ single-season record.

That means he’ll need to average 0.84 home runs per game (or one home run every 1.19 games) over the rest of the regular season to get to 73.

Who hit the most home runs in a single season?

2001 Barry Bonds: 73

1998 Mark McGwire: 70

1998 Sammy Sosa: 66

1999 Mark McGwire: 65

2001 Sammy Sosa: 64

1999 Sammy Sosa: 63

1961 Roger Maris: 61

1927 Babe Ruth: 60   

What is the Yankees’ remaining schedule?

  • Sept. 16-18 at Milwaukee (.000, 0 HR, 0 games)

  • Sept. 20-21 vs. Pittsburgh (.444, 1 HR, 2 games)

  • Sept. 22-25 vs. Boston

  • Sept. 26-28 at Toronto (.238, 3 HR, 16 games)

  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 vs. Baltimore (.397, 9 HR, 15 games)

  • Oct. 3-5 at Texas (.200, 0 HR, 2 games) 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Aaron Judge home run tracker: Pace, record chase by Yankees slugger

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