Roger Maris Jr: Judge Is True Ding King

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 04: New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits his 62nd home run to beat the Roger Maris home run record during the game between the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees on October 4, 2022 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Among the most prominent of those who crown Aaron Judge as king is Roger Maris Jr.
  • After Judge surpassed his father, the younger Maris tweeted  “Congratulations to Aaron Judge” and added that for the “MAJORITY of the fans, we can now celebrate a new CLEAN HOME RUN KING!!”
  • Barry Bonds hit 73 long balls in 2001 and Mark McGwire had hit 70 three years earlier.
  • An outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, Samuel “Sammy” Sosa, notched three of the top six highest home run totals in 1998, 1999, and 2000.
  • McGwire added 65 in 1999, for good measure. To this day, Bonds holds the career record, with 762.

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