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Yankees' Aaron Judge, Dodgers' Cody Bellinger named unanimous rookies of the year

14 November 2017

Judge won the award unanimously in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, announced Monday on MLB Network.

Not that an official announcement was necessary, but New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger have been named as the American and National League Rookies of the Year, respectively.

Bellinger was a surprise breakout performer for the Dodgers this year after taking over for the injured Adrian Gonzalez at first base.

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Following in Corey Seager's footsteps last year, the Dodgers are the first team to have back to back Rookie of the Year award winners since the Athletics in 2005 and 2006 (Bobby Crosby and Huston Street). Judge was just a rookie in the 2017 season, but 52 home runs in a single baseball season will get just about any sports fan excited.

Pepsi was the official soft drink of Major League Baseball for the past 20 years, leading up to this season, when Coca-Cola took over. But once he was called up on April 25, Bellinger proved to be one of the best hitters in the NL. They're now providing me another way to share my passion for the game. "We're a winning team, and he's been our X factor".

In the season's final month, Judge hit 15 home runs and knocked in 32 as the Yankees locked down a wild card. he led the league in FanGraphs WAR (8.2).

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Bellinger set an unwanted record in the postseason with 28 strikeouts, including 17 in the World Series.

"Now that the season is over, I'm trying to reflect on how insane this season was", Bellinger said on MLB Network.

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Yankees' Aaron Judge, Dodgers' Cody Bellinger named unanimous rookies of the year