Judge unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year

FILE - In this July 31, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium in New York. Aaron Judge of the Yankees and Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers are favored to win Rookie of the Year honors when the votes are announced Monday night, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Aaron Judge has won American League Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the first New York Yankees player to receive the award since Derek Jeter in 1996.

Judge won the award unanimously in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, announced Monday on MLB Network. The 6-foot-7 slugger's victory was a foregone conclusion after he led the American League with 52 home runs and helped the Yankees reach the postseason as a wild card. Judge is also a finalist for the MVP award.

Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi finished second, followed by Baltimore slugger Trey Mancini.

The NL Rookie of the Year was to be announced later Monday, with Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers a clear favorite.


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