Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits 42nd homer of 2022 and becomes second-fastest all-time with 200 career home runs

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New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is in the midst of a torrid streak and he turned a corner on Saturday afternoon in an 8-2 win over the Kansas City Royals (box score). Judge hit his 42nd homer of the season — it’s his 12th homer in his last 14 games — and it was his 200th career homer. Kyle Schwarber (32) and Yordan Alvarez (30) are the only other players with even 30 homers this season.

Here is the 42nd circuit of the judge in 2022. It comes a day after hitting two home runs and stealing a home run:

Judge is the first player in Yankees history to hit 42 home runs before August and is the second fastest player in baseball history with 200 career home runs. Here is the ranking:

  1. Ryan Howard: 658 games for 200 homers
  2. Judge Aaron: 671
  3. Ralph Kiner: 706
  4. Juan Gonzalez: 766
  5. Harmon Killebrew and Albert Belle: 769

“Like I’ve said a thousand times, I’m focused on winning baseball games right now,” Judge told MLB.com after Friday’s game, when asked if he might have. be successful 60 circuits. “Stats and stuff like that, we can talk about at the end of the year.”

The Yankees played their 102nd game of the season on Saturday. The Yankees — and American League — single-season record is 61 homers by Roger Maris in 1961. To match that total, Judge must hit 19 homers in his team’s last 60 games. Seeing how he’s gone deep 12 times in his last 14 games, we’re officially on watch.

Judge, 30, took a .297/.378/.668 batting line in Saturday’s game. He leads baseball in runs (84), RBI (89) and total bases (250) in addition to home runs. Judge rejected seven-year, $213.5 million extension for spring training and will become a free agent after the season.

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