New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is eight runs away from breaking the MLB American League record of 61 in a season set by Yankees outfielder Roger Maris in 1961.
On Monday, Judge hit his 54th homer of the season for the AL-East-leading Yankees, just seven to tie and eight from Maris’ 61-year-old record.
The success certainly helps Judge’s AL MVP case and bid for a new contract. The four-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger is set to become a free agent after the 2022 season.
Judge hit a year-best 54 homers, surpassing his 52 in 2017.
Here is the final judge.
Most recent home run: Judge hit his 54th homer on Monday in the Yankees’ 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Judge is batting .302 with 117 RBIs.
Current hitting streak: 65 (tied for fourth-highest in MLB history)
Remaining games: 27
Next game: The Yankees continue their four-game hitting streak against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.
FOX Sports’ take: “Judge’s homers are coming more often this year, and if he gets a run at the right time, it can all come to a head. We know this much: The closer Judge gets to his target, the better he is, and probably by the Yankees.” , will be paid at the end of the season. And if he continues anything like he has, he will be the AL MVP ahead of Shohei Ohtani.-Martin Rodgers
Contract Status: Judge and the Yankees have failed to negotiate a long-term deal before the start of the 2022 season. The All-Stars rejected a seven-year, $213.5 million spring training extension and the two sides avoided arbitration in June over a $19 million deal for 2022.
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