Aaron Judge Unanimously Named 2017 AL Rookie of the Year

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

Despite hitting.188 in the postseason (9-for-48), Judge did hit four home runs in October and his defense saved the Yankees from going out earlier than they did when he robbed Francisco Lindor of a home run in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Only three previous times have both leagues' Rookie of the Year been awarded unanimously: Benito Santiago and Mark McGwire in 1987, Mike Piazza and Tim Salmon in 1993 and Scott Rolen and Nomar Garciaparra in 1997.

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Other notable Baby Bombers to win Rookie of the Year honors include Derek Jeter (1996), Dave Righetti (1981), Thurman Munson (1970) and Tony Kubek (1957).

The first position player, according to Elias, to stand at least 6-foot-7 and weigh 282 pounds, the right-handed hitting Judge wasn't even named as the Yankees' starting right fielder until the final week of spring training, winning a battle against Aaron Hicks.

For Judge, Monday's honor may have been a mere appetizer to a main course that could arrive Thursday, when he is considered a leading contender, along with Houston's Jose Altuve, for AL most valuable player. The 22-year-old, who split time between first base and the outfield, batted.271 with 97 RBIs for the National League champions.

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Bellinger, 22, began the season in the minors and was called up on April 25.

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was the unanimous victor a year ago.

The Dodgers won 104 games, the most in the major leagues this year and the most by any Dodgers team in 64 years. He received all 30 first place votes to beat out second place finisher Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox, and third place finisher Trey Mancini of the Orioles.

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Josh Bell of Pittsburgh and Paul DeJong of St. Louis were finalists for the award.

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