Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Judge unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge and Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger kicked off a week of MLB awards Monday by being named the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues.

Andrew Benintendi an outfielder with the Red Sox was second in voting for rookie of the year behind Judge, while Trey Mancini a slugger for the Orioles was third.

It's the first time since Boston's Nomar Garciaparra and Cincinnati's Scott Rolen in 1997 that both rookies of the year were unanimously selected. Judge could still add more hardware later this month, as he's a finalist for the American League MVP Award.

The 25-year-old Judge was the clear AL Rookie of the Year favorite thanks to his record breaking season. The big slugger also led the American League in walks and runs scored.

In a truly spectacular rookie campaign, Judge became the ninth Yankee to win the Rookie of the Year Award, and the first since Derek Jeter in 1996.

Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017, in Houston.

The National League announced its victor for Rookie of the Year on Monday as well and that was won unanimously by Dodgers' rookie Cody Bellinger. He paced the club with 97 RBI and a.581 slugging percentage as LA reached Game 7 of the World Series against Houston.

Bellinger bested Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Paul DeJong of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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