Major League Baseball announced the winners of the Rookie of the Year awards for both leagues today. In the American League, the honor went to New York Yankee right fielder Aaron Judge. The National League awarded the honor to Los Angeles Dodger first baseman Cody Bellinger. Both choices were unanimous.
Judge is the first Yankee to win the award since Derek Jeter in 1996. Judge's 52 home runs lead the AL and helped the Yankees secure a wildcard berth in the Playoffs. Judge is also up for the AL MVP award, if he wins he will join Ichiro Suzuki (2001) and Fred Lynn (1975) to win both awards in the same season.
Bellinger broke the NL rookie record for home runs with 39 and finished second in the league behind only Giancarlo Stanton in homers. Bellinger led the Dodgers in RBIs (97) and runs (87) and supplied a left-handed bat in the heart of the order of a club that fell just one game short of winning the World Series.