Yankees' Aaron Judge wins AL Rookie of the Year award

Yankees' Aaron Judge wins AL Rookie of the Year award

Unlike Judge, Bellinger didn't start the season in the majors.

Judge vaulted into one of baseball's biggest stars, slashing.329/.448/.691 with 30 home runs and 66 RBI in the first half, leading the AL in voting for the All-Star Game.

The award's victor, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, received all 30 first-place votes and 150 total points on the 5-3-1 scoring scale.

Judge becomes the ninth Yankee to win Rookie of the Year and the first since Derek Jeter received the honor in 1996.

Coming off a year in which he struck out in almost half his plate appearances, Judge beat out Aaron Hicks to claim the Yankees right field job in spring training and went on to hit.284 with a rookie-record 52 home runs and 114 RBI. He surpassed Frank Robinson and Wally Berger for the NL rookie home run record. He led the American League in homers, runs scored (128) and walks (127) while batting.284 for a Yankees team that fell one win short of the World Series. In fact, this marks the fourth time that both Rookie of the Year Award winners were unanimous in the same year.

Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi finished second, followed by Baltimore slugger Trey Mancini. Only two other home runs hit in 2017 matched that statistic, both hit by Miami's Giancarlo Stanton.

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Good things generally happened when Judge managed to get the ball into the air.

Photo Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit 13 home runs in June as part of a 39-homer season. Like Seager, Bellinger wasn't even a question.

He went on to hit.267 and set a National League rookie record with 39 home runs while playing first base and outfield for the NL champion Dodgers.

Bellinger was miles ahead of every other rookie in the NL.

By July, the Dodger Stadium fans were serenading Bellinger with "M-V-P" chants, and teammate Enrique Hernandez wanted to know why Bellinger's name was not in the conversation for the league's most valuable player.