The awards are voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
On Monday evening, Major League Baseball announced that Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge had unanimously won AL Rookie of the Year and Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger had unanimously earned the NL version.
And like with Judge and his Yankees, Bellinger figures to play a crucial for the Dodgers for years to come. The 22-year-old, who split time between first base and the outfield, batted.271 with 97 RBIs for the National League champions.
Judge broke Mark McGwire's major league record for home runs by a rookie with 52, many of them jaw-dropping, tape-measure shots. He's considered a shoo-in to be named American League Rookie of the Year. But once he was called up on April 25, Bellinger proved to be one of the best hitters in the NL.
By July, the Dodger Stadium fans were serenading Bellinger with "M-V-P" chants, and teammate Enrique Hernandez wanted to know why Bellinger's name was not in the conversation for the league's most valuable player.
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Judge took home the American League honor after after leading the AL in homers (52), runs (128) and walks (127) and slashing.284/.422/.627 on the season for the Yankees. The other NL MVP finalist: Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, winners of a wild-card berth.
His fantastic first half, culminating in his Home Run Derby victory at Marlins Park, turned him into a transcendent figure, someone baseball commissioner Rob Manfred projected as a potential face of the game. He set records for most strikeouts in the World Series, and for most strikeouts in the postseason.
Neither race was close as each first-year player was selected unanimously.
"Now that the season is over, I'm trying to reflect on how insane this season was", Bellinger said on MLB Network. "I didn't make adjustments".