Aaron Judge unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year
Nov 14 2017 by Marjorie Miles
According to Opta, this is the third time the Dodgers and Yankees have had Rookie of the Year award winners in the same season (1996: Todd Hollandsworth and Derek Jeter, 1981: Fernando Valenzuela and Dave Righetti).
Bellinger also finished the year with a.933 OPS-10th among NL hitters-and a robust 4.0 wins above replacement, per FanGraphs.
Major leaguers combined for 6,105 home runs in 2017, the most for any season in history, and Judge and Bellinger helped lead the way.
As well as his home run exploits, Judge made 128 runs and 114 RBIs.
In a year of unprecedented power for Major League Baseball, it was only fitting that the Rookies of the Year would be record-setting sluggers.
His fantastic first half, culminating in his Home Run Derby victory at Marlins Park, turned him into a transcendent figure, someone baseball commissioner Rob Manfred projected as a potential face of the game. A section in the right-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium has been christened the "Judge's Chambers", where fans often don judge's robes, barristers' wigs and hold signs reading "All Rise".
"I know he's a big guy, but he's an athlete out there, " said Brett Gardner.
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.
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.