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Aaron Judge home run pace tracker: Where the Yankees star stands all time

Aaron Judge is attempting to do something no major-league player has accomplished in 21 years: hit 60 home runs in a single season.

After ending July on a tear, the Yankees star’s pace rivals that of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Maris and Babe Ruth. The home run chase is on.

As Judge tries to become the sixth player to hit 60 in an MLB season — and perhaps chases more — we’ll track how his numbers compare to baseball’s single-season home run kings.

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Aug. 3: Yankees give Judge some rest

Judge didn’t play for the first time since July 7 as the Mariners defeated the Yankees 7-3.

Looking ahead: St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson (4.10 ERA, 8 HRs allowed in 101 innings) takes the mound Friday for the first of a three-game series. It’s the first time Judge will play in Busch Stadium and his first time facing Hudson.

Through 106 team games:
2001 Barry Bonds: 45
1998 Mark McGwire: 45
Judge: 43
1961 Roger Maris: 41
1998 Sammy Sosa: 40
1927 Babe Ruth: 35

Aug. 2: Judge’s chances limited in loss

Seattle’s staff pitched Judge carefully Tuesday, as he walked three times in five plate appearances and went 0-for-2 in an 8-6 loss. The three walks were a season high.

Through 105 team games:
2001 Barry Bonds: 45
1998 Mark McGwire: 45
Judge: 43
1961 Roger Maris: 40
1998 Sammy Sosa: 38
1927 Babe Ruth: 34

Aug. 1: Judge cracks No. 43

Judge jumped on the first pitch he saw from Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales in the bottom of the second inning, sending a cutter into the visiting bullpen in left-center field. The solo shot was part of a 2-for-4 game for Judge in a 7-2 win.

Looking ahead: Judge faces right-hander Logan Gilbert (2.78 ERA, 13 HRs allowed in 123 innings) on Tuesday. He’s 0-for-3 with one strikeout against the 25-year-old.

Through 104 team games:
2001 Barry Bonds: 45
1998 Mark McGwire: 44
Judge: 43
1961 Roger Maris: 40
1998 Sammy Sosa: 37
1927 Babe Ruth: 34

Here’s how Judge got to August with a chance to make history.

July: Judge’s hot streak starts the chase

Judge used July to distance himself from the pack as the 2022 home run leader, hitting a league-best 13 homers and slugging .807 in 93 at-bats. Those numbers included three multi-homer games, against the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals, and a walk-off home run against Kansas City on July 28. New York went 7-3 in the 10 July games where Judge homered.

Judge hit his longest home run of the season at Baltimore on July 22, driving a pitch from Tyler Wells 465 yards over the left-center-field wall. Here’s a closer look at each of Judge’s July blasts (distance numbers via Baseball Savant):

Judge’s July home runs

HR No.DateOpponentPitcherDistance (feet)

42

July 30

Kansas City Royals

364

41

July 29

Kansas City Royals

370

40

July 29

Kansas City Royals

449

39

July 28

Kansas City Royals

431

38

July 26

New York Mets

423

37

July 24

Baltimore Orioles

456

36

July 22

Baltimore Orioles

465

35

July 22

Baltimore Orioles

436

34

July 21

Houston Astros

410

33

July 16

Boston Red Sox

444

32

July 16

Boston Red Sox

401

31

July 14

Cincinnati Reds

435

30

July 6

Pittsburgh Pirates

419

June: Multi-HR games and an Ohtani showdown

Judge’s first home run of June was one of his most impressive, considering the opposition. On June 2, he ripped a Shohei Ohtani slider over the left-field wall at Yankee Stadium for No. 19 on the season.

It would be the first of 11 in June, though Judge “slumped” to his lowest batting average (.257) and OPS (.922) in any month this season. Still, only the Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber (12) hit more.

The other highlights included multi-homer games against the Chicago Cubs (June 11) and Tampa Bay Rays (June 22), and a walk-off HR in the 10th inning against the Houston Astros on June 26.

“You feel it pre-pitch, like walking up to the plate and the walk-up song plays and the crowd is gonna get crazy,” Judge said afterward, when asked about handling the pressure of a big moment. “Then once you step into the box and dig in and take a deep breath, it doesn’t go silent, but you just kind of lock it in.”

Judge also closed the month by signing a one-year, $19 million contract to avoid arbitration.

Recapping Judge’s June:

Judge’s June home runs

HR No.DateOpponentPitcherDistance (feet)

29

June 29

Oakland A’s

429

28

June 26

Houston Astros

417

27

June 22

Tampa Bay Rays

406

26

June 22

Tampa Bay Rays

396

25

June 15

Tampa Bay Rays

364

24

June 11

Chicago Cubs

431

23

June 11

Chicago Cubs

383

22

June 7

Minnesota Twins

431

21

June 4

Detroit Tigers

378

20

June 3

Detroit Tigers

378

19

June 2

Los Angeles Angels

405

May: Judge wins AL Player of the Month

The Yankees outfielder’s consistency — 12 home runs and a .311/.378/.699 slash line — earned him American League Player of the Month honors for the first time since his rookie season in 2017. New York went 6-3 in games where Judge homered, including a walk-off win over the Toronto Blue Jays on May 10 and multi-homer games against the Royals and Orioles.

This was also the month where he hit his shortest home run, a 355-foot, opposite-field fly against the Chicago White Sox on May 13.

Judge’s 12 home runs matched Dodgers star Mookie Betts for the most by any player in May.

Judge’s May home runs

HR No.DateOpponentPitcherDistance (feet)

18

May 29

Tampa Bay Rays

420

17

May 23

Baltimore Orioles

405

16

May 23

Baltimore Orioles

418

15

May 22

Chicago White Sox

431

14

May 17

Baltimore Orioles

422

13

May 17

Baltimore Orioles

410

12

May 13

Chicago White Sox

355

11

May 12

Chicago White Sox

456

10

May 10

Toronto Blue Jays

414

9

May 3

Toronto Blue Jays

427

8

May 1

Kansas City Royals

395

7

May 1

Kansas City Royals

453

April: Judge, Yankees close month strong

New York ended the first month of the season on a seven-game winning streak and Judge was a catalyst. Five of his six April home runs came in those seven victories.

At the end of April, though, Judge wasn’t even the home run leader on his team, let alone the league. Anthony Rizzo paced New York (and MLB) with nine in the first month.

Judge’s April home runs

HR No.DateOpponentPitcherDistance (feet)

6

April 29

Kansas City Royals

389

5

April 28

Baltimore Orioles

415

4

April 26

Baltimore Orioles

392

3

April 22

Cleveland Guardians

364

2

April 22

Cleveland Guardians

397

1

April 13

Toronto Blue Jays

413

(Photo: Vincent Carchietta / USA Today)

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