After hitting his 60th homer of the season on Tuesday, it looks like Aaron Judge will hit 61 homers in 2022, breaking the American League record since 1961.

It is a mark that is considered by many to be true or a clean record given that the only players who have passed it are confirmed or suspected, steroid users Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. 

Whether you buy in the regression or, by the end of the season Judge will almost surpass Roger Maris, setting a new mark for AL hitters chasing for next year. 

That alone is remarkable, but it underestimates the quality of the New York Yankees outfielder. For reference, when Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961, his OPS+ was 167. 

He had an OPS of 0.993 and a league average of 0.753. As of Wednesday, Judge's OPS was sitting at 1.123 against a league average of 708. That's good for a 214 OPS+.  

At first glance, this figure, although interesting, does not look like history. If the season ended today, it would be the 47th highest ranking. 

However, there are some key caveats to this. First, only 39 of 46 seasons exceeded Judge's OPS+ before 1947.  

However, there are some key caveats to this. First, only 39 of 46 seasons exceeded Judge's OPS+ before 1947.