Judge, Bellinger are top rook­ies

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - SPORTS -

The only ma­jor ques­tion was whether it would be unan­i­mous – and it was.

Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are baseball’s rook­ies of the year for 2017 af­ter their record-set­ting home run binges elim­i­nated any rea­son­able com­pe­ti­tion for the hon­ors. Judge led the Amer­i­can League with 52 homers, the most ever by a rookie. Bellinger hit 39 and had to set­tle for the Na­tional League’s rookie record.

Judge and Bellinger re­ceived ev­ery first-place vote avail­able from the Baseball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. Judge be­came the first New York Yan­kees player to re­ceive this award since Derek Jeter in 1996. Bellinger gave the Dodgers a record 18th rookie of the year win­ner.

Bos­ton out­fielder Andrew Ben­in­tendi fin­ished sec­ond in the AL vote, fol­lowed by Bal­ti­more slug­ger Trey Mancini. St. Louis in­fielder Paul DeJong was the NL run­ner-up, with Pitts­burgh first base­man Josh Bell fin­ish­ing third.

Judge also is a fi­nal­ist for the MVP award. Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 and Fred Lynn in 1975 are the only play­ers to win the AL MVP and rookie of the year awards in the same sea­son.

Yost sur­vives scare: Ned Yost spent Mon­day af­ter­noon in a lounge chair at his farm just out­side At­lanta, the pain from a shat­tered pelvis so un­bear­able that the only move­ment the Roy­als man­ager could make was to re­po­si­tion.

Just over a week ago, the for­mer Brew­ers man­ager was work­ing in a hunt­ing stand on his prop­erty when he reached to at­tach a safety line. The stand some­how col­lapsed and Yost fell about 20 feet to the ground, and the land­ing was so hard that he sus­tained a “mas­sive frac­ture” to his pelvis and four bro­ken ribs.

He also lost so much blood that sur­geons later told him he nearly died.

Braves hire new GM: The At­lanta Braves have hired for­mer Dodgers and Blue Jays ex­ec­u­tive Alex An­thopou­los as their gen­eral man­ager, giv­ing the team a young but ex­pe­ri­enced leader to pro­vide sta­bil­ity amid a cri­sis.

An­thopou­los also was named ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent in con­trol of baseball op­er­a­tions.

The 40-year-old An­thopou­los suc­ceeds John Cop­polella, who was forced to re­sign on Oct. 2 af­ter an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Ma­jor League Baseball dis­closed rule vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted by the Braves in the in­ter­na­tional player mar­ket.

Bel­tran re­tires: Car­los Bel­tran is re­tir­ing at age 40 af­ter win­ning his first World Se­ries ti­tle in his 20th ma­jor­league sea­son.

The out­fielder made the an­nounce­ment Mon­day, 12 days af­ter the Hous­ton Astros beat the Los An­ge­les Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Se­ries.

Bel­tran is a nine-time all-star who won three Gold Gloves.

JAYNE KAMIN-ONCEA / USA TODAY SPORTS

Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers was the unan­i­mous chose for rookie of the year in the Na­tional League af­ter belt­ing 39 homers.

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