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Judge and Bellinger earn Rookie of the Year honors

Jul 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; National League outfielder Cody Bellinger (35) of the Los Angeles Dodgers greets American League outfielder Aaron Judge (99) of the New York Yankees after the second round during the 2017 MLB Home Run Derby at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Not that an official announcement was necessary, but New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger have been named as the American and National League Rookies of the Year, respectively.

Neither race was close, as each first-year player was selected unanimously.

Judge beat out finalists Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox and Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles, who finished second and third respectively. Judge is also a finalist for the American League MVP Award alongside Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians.

Bellinger, meanwhile, earned his National League Rookie of the Year nod over Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Paul DeJong of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Judge had a historic first season, belting 52 home runs for the Yankees, the most by a rookie in big league history. Such a mark bested Mark McGwire’s total of 49 homers, a record set back in 1989. In addition, Judge contributed 128 runs, 114 RBIs, 127 walks and a .284/.422/.627 slash line despite striking out 208 times. He also stole nine bases and played solid defense for New York en route to tallying 8.1 WAR.

Bellinger, on the other hand, got his break in late April. Like Judge, he took the majors by storm, smashing 39 home runs for Los Angeles. He added 97 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, a .267/.352/.581 slash line and 4.2 WAR as he replaced Adrian Gonzalez as the Dodgers’ everyday first baseman. It is also worth noting that Bellinger saw time in the outfield as well while shifting around on defense did not affect the up-and-coming slugger’s offensive numbers.
Adding to each player’s memorable 2017 campaign, both the Dodgers and Yankees impressed during the postseason while Los Angeles ultimately came up short in the World Series.



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