Hon­ours for Judge, Bellinger

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES: New York Yan­kees slug­ger Aaron Judge and Los An­ge­les Dodgers first base­man Cody Bellinger were named Ma­jor League Base­ball’s 2017 rook­ies of the year on Mon­day.

Judge, 25, be­came the first Yan­kee player since Derek Jeter in 1996 to pick up the Amer­i­can League award af­ter a daz­zling de­but sea­son.

Judge blasted 52 home runs dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, break­ing Mark McGwire’s rookie record of 49 homers in the process.

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

As well as his home run ex­ploits, Judge made 128 runs and 114 RBIs. The Yan­kees star also won the Home Run Derby in Mi­ami in July. An­drew Ben­in­tendi of the Bos­ton Red Sox fin­ished sec­ond on the vot­ing, with Bal­ti­more’s Trey Mancini third.

In the Na­tional League, Bellinger was also a unan­i­mous pick in the awards voted on by the Base­ball Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. Bellinger, 22, smacked 39 home runs in his de­but sea­son for the Dodgers, who lost in game seven of the World Series to the Hous­ton Astros ear­lier this month.

Bellinger set an un­wanted record in the post­sea­son with 28 strike­outs, in­clud­ing 17 in the World Series. Paul DeJong of the St Louis Car­di­nals was sec­ond in the vot­ing with the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates’ Josh Bell third.


The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, and the Yankees’ Aaron Judge.

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