Dodgers' Cody Bellinger is National League rookie of the year

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger is National League rookie of the year

Judge received all 30 first-place votes in the voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. None of the three came from a division champion, and two came from teams with losing records: Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a league-high 59 home runs for the Miami Marlins, and Joey Votto, who led the league with a 1.032 OPS for the Cincinnati Reds.

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. 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.

The 25-year-old did battle through a lengthy slump following the All-Star break - in which he broke the major league record for consecutive games with a strikeout.

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). Judge is also a finalist for the MVP award.

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.

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Bellinger also won the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year Award and the MLB Players Choice NL Rookie of the Year Award last week.

Unlike Judge, Bellinger didn't start the season in the majors.

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was the unanimous victor past year.

Boston's Andrew Benintendi was runner-up in the American League, with Baltimore's Trey Mancini finishing third, while St. Louis's Paul DeJong and Pittsburgh's Josh Bell were second and third, respectively, in the NL.

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