Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger Unanimously Win Rookie of the Year Awards

Ross Houston
November 14, 2017

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. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was the unanimous victor in the American League. The 21-year-old broke the NL rookie record for home runs with 39 and finished second in the league in homers.

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.

Aaron Judge hits his 50th home run of the 2017 Major League Baseball season. None of the three came from a division champion, and two came from teams with losing records: Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a league-high 59 home runs for the Miami Marlins, and Joey Votto, who led the league with a 1.032 OPS for the Cincinnati Reds.

In a fun coincidence, Judge and Bellinger squared off in the Home Run Derby in July, with Judge eliminating Bellinger in the semi-finals en route to becoming the first rookie to ever win the competition.

And when nicknames adorned jerseys during Players Weekend, Yankees' teammate Todd Frazier persuaded Judge to go with: "All Rise".

At the plate, Judge slashed.284/.422/.627, and he also struck out 208 times. But he rebounded with a huge September when NY really needed it, leading the AL in homers (15), RBI (32), runs (29), on-base percentage (.463) and slugging percentage (.889).

He became the fifth Yankee to hit at least 50 homers in a season and he tied for eighth-best among Yankees in a single-season, matching Mickey Mantle's 52 homers in 1956.

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. He surpassed Frank Robinson and Wally Berger for the NL rookie home run record.

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