Aaron Judge home run tracker: Yankees star belts 2 homers to reach 57 as he chases Roger Maris' 61-homer AL record

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Aaron Judge is having a season to remember for the New York Yankees. Just how will we remember it? Well, that’s the part to be determined. See, Judge is hitting homers at a blistering pace — threatening to break Roger Maris’ American League (and Yankees) record for long balls.

Even if he falls short of that mark, he’s threatening to hit more homers than anyone has in a single season in 20 years. Oh, and he could make himself a lot of money in the process, from the Yankees or someone else, after declining an extension offer in the spring.

So, it’s time to start tracking his chase for history.

How many homers does Aaron Judge have now?

57. Judge bashed two homers against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday night as he continues to carry the Yankees' offense on his shoulders. Both of them were of the game-tying variety.

The first one went to the opposite field in the fourth.

The second sailed over the Green Monster in the eighth after the Red Sox had retaken the lead.

Judge became just the 10th player in MLB history with two or more 50-homer seasons. Sosa, McGwire and Ruth have the most all time, with four each. The last player to notch a second 50-homer season was Rodriguez. He wound up with a total of three.

Judge, who is 30 years old and in the midst of a career season, certainly has a chance to keep climbing this list.

Here’s his homer breakdown by month:

  • April: 6

  • May: 12

  • June: 11

  • July: 13

  • August: 9

  • September: 6

How many homers is Aaron Judge on pace to hit in 2022?

If he plays all the Yankees’ remaining games, Judge’s current pace would get him to 63, eclipsing Roger Maris’ historic 1961 total of 61.

Of course, he’s not a lock to play every game, and he’s certainly not assured of keeping up his prodigious pace. The ZiPS and Steamer projection systems at FanGraphs both forecast Judge for 61 homers right now.

He's already in pretty remarkable company, having posted just the 17th MLB season with 57 or more homers.

Yankees star Aaron Judge is on track to challenge Roger Maris' AL-record 61-homer season. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Yankees star Aaron Judge is on track to challenge Roger Maris' AL-record 61-homer season. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

What home run records is Aaron Judge chasing?

While Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire trounced Maris’ longstanding record in their late '90s, early 2000s slugfests, they all did so in the National League. The Yankees great’s mark, 61, still rules in the AL.

In fact, the top AL home run seasons are still held by the likes of Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg. Prior to Judge, the closest any modern player had come to beating Maris was Alex Rodriguez’s 57-homer campaign for the 2002 Texas Rangers.

Maris and Ruth (in 1927) have the only 60-homer seasons in Yankees history, with Ruth also logging a 59-homer year in 1921. Judge himself was the last Yankee to surpass the 50-homer threshold, during his Rookie of the Year-winning 2017.

Is there other history on the line?

As he races toward a potential AL MVP award, Judge could also best his teammate Giancarlo Stanton’s single-season homer mark among active players. Stanton crushed 59 homers during his 2017 NL MVP season for the Miami Marlins.

How will Aaron Judge’s season affect free agency?

The Yankees made what appeared to be a fairly reasonable contract offer before the season started — seven years, $213.5 million that would have begun in 2023. Judge and the Yankees settled on a $19 million salary for 2022 shortly before they were due to go to arbitration. Judge, of course, was always well within his rights to push toward the free agent market. And as it turns out, he made the right decision.

His 2022 has been a roaring success, one of the most glorious contract year wins in recent memory. While the Yankees season as a whole has cooled off recently, Judge is still barreling toward a monster pay day. At this point, the homer history doesn’t matter so much as sustaining his overall excellence and avoiding serious injury.

When he hits the market this winter, he could now reasonably command something in the neighborhood of $300 million. The main limiting factor is his age. He’ll turn 31 in April, which puts a cap on the length most teams would be willing to sign up for.

Beyond the Yankees, his potential suitors could include the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox.