Judge, Bellinger easy picks as base­ball’s best rook­ies

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NEW YORK — Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger have been voted unan­i­mously as base­ball’s Rook­ies of the Year af­ter their record-set­ting home run binges lifted the New York Yan­kees and Los An­ge­les Dodgers into the post-sea­son.

Judge won Amer­i­can League hon­ours, be­com­ing the first Yan­kees player to re­ceive the award since Derek Jeter in 1996. Bellinger took the National League award, giv­ing the Dodgers a record 18th Rookie of the Year win­ner.

The vot­ing by the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica was an­nounced Mon­day night on MLB Net­work. Judge led the AL with 52 home runs, a rookie record. Bellinger hit 39 homers for an NL rookie record.

• OR­LANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Mi­ami Mar­lins will spend this week’s gen­eral man­agers’ meet­ings shop­ping Gian­carlo Stan­ton, the pricey slug­ger who led the ma­jor leagues with 59 home runs but does not fit into the plans of the new pay­roll-par­ing base­ball oper­a­tions staff headed by for­mer New York Yan­kees star Derek Jeter.

Stan­ton, who turned 28 last week, is owed $295 mil­lion over the fi­nal decade of his record $325 mil­lion, 13-year con­tract. He has a full no-trade pro­vi­sion, so he can de­ter­mine his des­ti­na­tion.

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