Su­perb Judge-ment

New York Post - - POST OPINION -

There was never any chance of a hung jury when it came to the 2017 Amer­i­can League Rookie of the Year Award: On Mon­day, Yan­kee slug­ger Aaron Judge was pro­nounced guilty of be­ing the best new­comer in the league — by a unan­i­mous vote.

That makes him the ninth Bronx Bomber to win the honor and the first since Derek Jeter claimed it in 1996. Judge also be­comes only the 10th AL player to snag the prize unan­i­mously and 22nd over­all. Con­grat­u­la­tions, big guy. You earned it. Of course, there was never any doubt about the ver­dict. Af­ter all, the 25-year-old, 6-foot-7 right-fielder per­formed some stun­ning ex­tra-ju­di­cial feats.

Like whack­ing 52 homers, smash­ing Mark McGwire’s 1987 record for the most ever by a rookie. Lead­ing the Amer­i­can League in both runs scored (128) and walks drawn (127). And rack­ing up 114 RBIs, sec­ond most in the league.

Nor would many dis­agree that this year’s Baby Bombers couldn’t have made it into post-sea­son play with­out Judge’s magic.

“It means ev­ery­thing. It’s quite an honor,” Judge said, adding that he’s just “one piece of an or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

The good news is he re­turns to that New York or­ga­ni­za­tion in 2018. And while the Yanks didn’t quite snatch the Fall Clas­sic

fall, as they say: Wait ’til next year.

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