Judge and family giddy after Rookie of the Year honor

Annette Crawford
November 14, 2017

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year.

Both wins were unanimous, as voted on by the BBWAA.

Both players received all 30 first-place votes for their league from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, which has given the awards since 1947.

Judge, 25, had a historic season offensively and was one of the best right fielders in the game, helping carry the Yankees to Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, which they lost to the eventual champion Houston Astros.

Those 52 longballs also broke Mark McGwire's rookie record of 49 that he set with the Oakland Athletics in 1987. It's the first time in 20 years that both Rookie of the Year winners were unanimous and fourth time it's happened in Major League Baseball history.

Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi and Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini were the other finalists in the AL. Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies finished fourth and German Marquez of the Colorado Rockies finished fifth. The organization has now won the award in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1995 (Hideo Nomo), and 1996 (Todd Hollandsworth) capped off a streak of five straight winners. 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.

The sweetest plum remains for Judge: On Thursday, he'll learn whether he can add the AL Most Valuable Player trophy to his resume. He was an integral part of the Yankees' surprising run to the postseason in 2017.

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

In the National League, the Rookie of the Year is Cody Bellinger. Like Seager, Bellinger wasn't even a question.

Bellinger was miles ahead of every other rookie in the NL. That they came in just 132 games is even more impressive. He had a slash line of.267/.352/.581 with ten stolen bases.

Like Judge, Bellinger struck out a good amount - enough to earn some critics, but not almost enough to consider giving this award to anyone else.

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