Aaron Judge of the Yankees on the record for home runs: 73

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! A controversy is developing as Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees gets closer to breaking the American League single-season home run record.

Since the “steroid era” began, baseball fans have fought over who has hit the most home runs in a single season. Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire each had 70 home runs.

Aaron Judge, #99 of the New York Yankees, hits his 50th home run of the season against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 29, 2022, in Anaheim, California.

No player has hit more than 60 home runs in a season since Major League Baseball began conducting drug testing for performance-enhancing chemicals in 2003, raising the question of whether Roger Maris’ 61 home runs actually hold the record.

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Judge disputes that this is the case.

The record is seventy-three, according to Judge told Sports Illustrated . “in the book. Whatever else people want to say about that period of baseball, in my opinion the record was set when they went out and hit 73 and 70 home runs, respectively. I can kind of try to beat the AL record, which stands at 61. If it occurs, it occurs. If it doesn’t, the year has been enjoyable thus far.”

Aaron Judge, #99 of the New York Yankees, in action against Vladimir Guerrero Jr., #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays, at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2022, in New York City. The Blue Jays defeated the Yankees 6-4.

Judge has had an outstanding season, hitting 57 home runs through 143 games. In the offseason, he’ll surely be named the American League MVP and demand a huge contract.

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