Who is Aaron Judge?
Aaron James Judge is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.
The homegrown New York Yankee now holds the American League record for most home runs in a single season, breaking Roger Maris’ mark set 61 years ago.
In the top of the first inning, Judge hit a home run off Texas Rangers pitcher Jesus Tinoco.
On September 20, he hit his 60th home run of the season, tying Babe Ruth’s previous record, which stood for 34 years until Maris belted his 61st in the final game of the season.
On September 28, Judge matched Maris’ record of 61 home runs in a single season, which had stood since 1961, against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ruth, Maris, and Judge were all members of the Yankees when they set their respective records.
Barry Bonds still holds the Major League Baseball single-season home run record, with 73 for the San Francisco Giants in 2001.
Judge slammed his helmet in the dugout after hitting a pop-up to end the fifth inning in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
He then went on to hit his 62nd home run in the first inning of game two of the doubleheader.
Yankee Manager Aaron Boone pulled Judge from the game in the bottom of the second inning, to a standing ovation from the Globe Life Field crowd.
His 55th straight start came on Tuesday night as the Yankees looked to clinch the American League East lead, which they did with a win over the Blue Jays on September 27.
On Tuesday, however, Judge was not the only Yankee to make team history.
Gerrit Cole, the pitcher, also made history by striking out his 249th batter of the season.
Cole has surpassed Ron Guidry’s 1978 record of 248 strikeouts to become the Yankees’ single-season strikeout leader.
The AL East Champion Yankees are playing their final series of the season in Arlington, Texas, against the Texas Rangers.