Yankees' Aaron Judge, Dodgers' Cody Bellinger unanimous picks as Rookies of the Year

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:22:41 AM. Aaron Judge has won American League Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the first New York Yankees player to receive the award since Derek Jeter in 1996.
The only major question was whether it would be unanimous — and it was. and Cody Bellinger are baseball's Rookies of the Year for 2017 after their record-setting home run binges eliminated any reasonable competition for the honors. Judge led the with 52 homers, the most ever by a rookie. Bellinger hit 39 and had to settle for the 's rookie record. Judge and Bellinger received every first-place vote available from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Judge became the first player to receive this award since Derek Jeter in 1996. Bellinger gave the a record 18th winner. Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi finished second in the AL vote, followed by Baltimore slugger Trey Mancini. St. Louis infielder Paul DeJong was the NL runner-up, with Pittsburgh first baseman finishing third. Judge is also a finalist for the MVP award. Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 and Fred Lynn in 1975 are the only players to win the AL MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season. The Yankees entered this season with marginal expectations by their standards, but the prodigious power of Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez transformed them almost overnight into an exciting young team with tremendous potential. Judge's 495-foot shot on June 11 was the longest home run in the major leagues this season, according to Statcast. Although he struck out 208 times in the regular season and 27 more in the postseason, the 25-year-old outfielder is one of a handful of reasons why the Yankees suddenly seem to have one...Read more
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