Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Aaron Judge's magical season capped with Rookie of the Year

Aaron Judge's magical season capped with Rookie of the Year

Bellinger, who batted.267/.352/.581 on the season with 97 RBIs, also captured all 30 first-place votes.

Judge had a historic first season, belting 52 home runs for the Yankees, the most by a rookie in big league history.

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.

We'll start with Judge, who led the AL in home runs (52), runs scored (128), walks (127) and FanGraphs WAR (8.2) and finished second in on-base percentage (.422), slugging (.627), OPS (1.049), wRC+ (173) and Baseball-Reference WAR (8.1). "To have this award to top it off ... is really special for me".

Former Diamond 'Dog Aaron Judge was rewarded for his record-breaking season Monday with the American League Rookie of the Year award.

Despite hitting.188 in the postseason (9-for-48), Judge did hit four home runs in October and his defense saved the Yankees from going out earlier than they did when he robbed Francisco Lindor of a home run in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Judge also won the 2017 Home Run Derby and captured an AL Silver Slugger award.

A soft-spoken Californian, Judge's humility and team-first persona became hallmarks even as his fame grew.

Defensively, Judge's all-around play surprised some people, too.

He blasted out of a lengthy second-half slump by slashing.311/.463/.889 in September, with 15 home runs - the most by a Yankee in a calendar month since Roger Maris hit 15 in June 1961 - and 32 RBI in 27 games.

Major League Baseball hasn't been a big fan of the company as of late - in April, the league announced that it was dropping Pepsi in favor of a new deal with rival Coca-Cola. His 52 homers and 127 walks set a new rookie record in Major League Baseball, surpassing Mark McGwire and Ted Williams, respectively.

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