Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger Unanimously Named Rookies of the Year

Judge, a 25-year-old right fielder, started the season batting eighth and ended it as the A.L. leader in homers, runs scored (128), walks (127) and strikeouts (208), with a combined on-base and slugging percentage of 1.049, trailing only Trout in the A.L. Judge hit .284, drove in 114 runs and became the first Yankee to be rookie of the year since Jeter in 1996.

Jeter led the Yankees to a championship that season, and Judge came close this year, helping the Yankees reach Game 7 of the A.L. Championship Series, which they lost to Houston. Along the way, he won the All-Star Home Run Derby and inspired a wood-paneled cheering section at Yankee Stadium — the Judge’s Chambers, with fans wearing robes and waving foam gavels. A Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor, even saw a game there in August.


Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit 13 home runs in June as part of a 39-homer season.

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Judge’s season included a prolonged slump; he hit .179 from July 14 through the end of August, after batting .329 before the All-Star break. He was…

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