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overnight into an ex­cit­ing young team with tremen­dous po­ten­tial. They made the postseason as a wild card.

“It’s ex­cit­ing times right now to be wear­ing pin­stripes,” Judge said. “To come up through the mi­nor leagues with a lot of these guys, watch them de­velop, and now to see what they’re do­ing at the ma­jor league level is re­ally im­pres­sive.”

Judge’s 495-foot shot on June 11 was the long­est home run in the ma­jor leagues this sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Stat­cast . Al­though he struck out 208 times in the reg­u­lar sea­son and 27 more in the postseason, the 25-yearold out­fielder is one of a hand­ful of rea­sons why the Yan­kees sud­denly seem to have one of the bright­est fu­tures of any team in baseball.

New York came within a vic­tory of the World Se­ries this year, los­ing to Hous­ton in Game 7 of the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries. Bellinger’s team made it to that fi­nal step,

but Los An­ge­les fell to the Astros in a seven-game World Se­ries.

Bellinger is the sec­ond straight Dodgers player to win Rookie of the Year. Short­stop Corey Sea­ger did it last year.

“The fu­ture is bright in L.A.,” Bellinger said. “I know that I’m ex­cited, as well as the other team­mates. Ob­vi­ously, we didn’t have the end goal this year, but we’re go­ing to try and take it to the next level next year.”

Bellinger made his big league de­but in late April. By the time he turned 22 on July 13, he had 25 home runs. The 6-foot-4 first base­man is an ap­pro­pri­ate coun­ter­part to the pow­er­ful Judge. They even hit from op­po­site sides of the plate: Judge is a righty and Bellinger swings left-handed.

“He’s not just a guy that went up there and hit home runs,” Judge said. “He was a guy that played high-cal­iber first base for them. He could go out there and roam cen­ter field, left field, right field, wher­ever they needed him. To have that type of ver­sa­til­ity and pro­duce the num­bers he did is some­thing that you don’t find too of­ten.”

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