Judge, Bellinger easy picks as baseball’s best rookies
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.