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.