Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger named NL Rookie of the 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.

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).

Aside from his on-field heroics, Judge led all Major League Baseball players in jersey sales this season.

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.

Judge had hit.179/.263/.345 with four homers and 42 strikeouts in an 84-at-bat cameo in 2016.

His tally also surpassed Babe Ruth's Yankees record for home runs in a season.

Judge also won the 2017 Home Run Derby and captured an AL Silver Slugger award.

"I know he's a big guy, but he's an athlete out there, " said Brett Gardner. But he rebounded with a huge September when NY really needed it, leading the AL in homers (15), RBI (32), runs (29), on-base percentage (.463) and slugging percentage (.889).

Overall, Judge's 52 homers were the most by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez hit 54 in 2007.

No team was immune from Judge's power; he homered against every AL opponent, the first Yankee to do so since the AL expanded to 15 teams in 2013. "From his wonderful catches to his monstrous home runs, whether you are a Yankee fan or not, you have to watch him".