A baseball that broke the American League record for most home runs in a single season by outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees of the US Major League Baseball (MLB) was sold at a price of nearly 2 billion won. It is the second most expensive single baseball ever sold at auction.
According to the MLB Secretariat and major foreign media on the 18th (local time), Goldin, an American auction house, announced that the bidding for Jersey’s 62nd home run ball for the 2022 season was completed the night before. The buyer who offered a total of 1.5 million dollars (approximately 1.95 billion won) finally got the ball.
It is the second-highest-selling baseball in MLB history. The overwhelming number one was Mark McGwire’s 70th home run for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998. The ball was sold for $3 million the same year. Considering that the value of the dollar has fallen by half over the past 24 years, it is sold at a price close to $6 million based on current standards. 스포츠토토
The spectator who acquired Judge’s 62nd home run was Corey Youmans, an investment company employee. The Yankees initially offered Youmans $3 million in exchange for selling the ball, but he refused and auctioned it off. As a result, Youmans received a half price from the initial offer.
Previously, on October 5, Judge scooped up a slider from Texas Rangers right-hander Jesús Tinoko and recorded his 62nd shot of the season over the left fence. It was the moment when he set a new record for the most home runs in a season in the American League’s 121-year history.
If you extend the scope to the National League, there have been three hitters who have hit more home runs in a single season than Judge. Barry Bonds hit 73, the most for the San Francisco Giants in 2001, and Maguire and Sammy Sosa also hit more than 62 homers several times. However, those who enjoyed their heyday in the ‘steroid era’ in the late 1990s and early 2000s were later revealed to have taken banned substances.