Aaron Judge's magical season capped with Rookie of the Year

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Aaron Judge is the ninth Yankee to win Rookie of the Year

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.

Josh Bell of Pittsburgh and Paul DeJong of St. Louis were finalists for the award.

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

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was the unanimous victor past year.

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. Bellinger also hit.267/.352/.581 for the Dodgers and played above-average defense. That total led the AL, as did his 127 walks and 128 runs scored (and his 208 strikeouts, for accuracy's sake). Baseball players like Judge don't come around too often (or.ever) and that he's being awarded for his prowess is the only correct outcome after his 2017 season. Dodger fans forget, but Bellinger was not part of the Dodgers plans this season, or at least not in April.

Injuries to Gonzalez soon opened a spot for Bellinger at his natural position, first base.

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Bellinger set the big leagues on fire after joining the Dodgers, leading LA to a.669 winning percentage.

Bellinger was a spark plug to a team that was struggling out of the gate, before Bellinger's arrival, the Dodgers were 9-11. He also won the Home Run Derby. Bellinger gave the Dodgers a big boost not only with his power but with his ability to play all over the field. He got three hits in his first game, 10 in his first five games.

The front office knew that Bellinger was talented, which is why they choose to hold onto him in past deadlines.

"I was just overaggressive", Bellinger said.

Congrats on a fantastic season, Belly!

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