MLB awards 2017: Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger unanimous Rookie of the Year winners

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.

Judge took home the American League honor after after leading the AL in homers (52), runs (128) and walks (127) and slashing .284/.422/.627 on the season for the Yankees. His 52 homers and 127 walks set a new rookie record in MLB, surpassing Mark McGwire and Ted Williams, respectively. 

Judge garnered all 30 first-place votes from The Baseball Writers’ Association of America, topping the runner-up, Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi by 75 points.

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. He is also a finalist for the AL MVP Award announced Thursday. 

Bellinger was a surprise breakout performer for the Dodgers this year after taking over for the injured Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Bellinger broke the NL rookie record with 39 home runs this season. The previous record of 38 had been held by Frank Robinson, who earned the 1956 NL Rookie of the Year Award, and Wally Berger.

Bellinger, who batted .267/.352/.581 on the season with 97 RBIs, also captured all 30 first-place votes. Cardinals’ Paul DeJong finished second with 56 points. 

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