ARLINGTON, Texas – Yankees winger Aaron Judge scored his 62nd home run of the season on Tuesday, eclipsing the American League record of 61 that had been held by Roger Maris since 1961.
The judge is therefore the owner of the brand seen as “clean” by some supporters.
With one ball count and one shot, the 30-year-old sent the slippery Rangers Jesus Tinoco a few rows over the left field.
With his parents in the stands at Globe Life Field, Judge completed the feat as the lead-off hitter in the second game of a doubleheader in Texas.
The ball was caught in section 31 by Cory Youmans of Dallas; he left surrounded by a security guard so the bullet could be authenticated.
When asked what he intends to do with the ball, Youmans said, “Good question. I haven’t thought about it.”
The judge was eliminated in the second inning. He then went to the right field towards the end of the inning, before giving way to Oswaldo Cabrera.
The judge again received a warm ovation as he returned to the bench.
Texas prevailed 3-2, after a 5-4 win over New York in Game 1.
Players who surpassed Maris’ total in one season have all had their careers clouded by steroid suspicion.
In 1998 and 1999, Mark McGwire scored 70 and 65 homers for St. Louis.
Barry Bonds set the major league record with 73 in 2001, in Giants uniform.
For the Cubs, Sammy Sosa has had seasons of 66, 65 and 63 guns, starting in 1998.
McGwire has admitted the use of banned products; Bonds and Sosa denied using doping drugs as far as they knew.
Major League Baseball began sanctioned testing in 2004.
A five-foot tall man with a friendly face, Judge multiplied the long slaps that recalled some of the mythical figures of the Yankees, such as Maris and Babe Ruth.
“We should celebrate (Judge) as the one who actually has the record,” said Roger Maris Jr. last Wednesday when the judge tied his father’s total in Toronto. I think Major League Baseball should take care of that. “
The Maris family was not in Arlington on Tuesday. Maris Jr., on the other hand, tweeted “Congratulations (to Aaron Judge on this historic circuit)! It was certainly a memorable season. (Aaron), you show a lot of class and you are worthy of admiration.
The judge scored only one home run in 13 games, the one scored by four goals at the Rogers Center.
The judge has little chance of becoming the first Triple Crown winner in the AL since 2012 (Miguel Cabrera, with the Tigers).
He leads the circuit with 131 RBI but for the average he has to take Luis Arraez of the Twins (.315 vs .311).
In Game 2, Gerrit Cole (13-8) knocked out nine batters, setting a Yankees record with 257 strikeouts in one season.