All rose for the Judge
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was the unanimous selection Monday for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, being named first by all 30 Baseball Writers Association of America voters.
Judge hit 52 homers for the Yankees, setting a record for most longballs for a rookie. He is also a legitimate candidate for AL MVP, which will be announced Thursday on MLB Network.
Judge beat out Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who finished second with 75 points (23 second-place votes and six, third-place votes) and the Orioles’ outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini, who placed third with 31 points (five, second-place votes and 16 third-place ones).
Also receiving votes were Oakland’s Matt Olson, Houston’s Yuli Gurriel and the Yankees’ Jordan Montgomery.
Mancini, who hit .293 with 24 homers while playing left field for the first time as a pro, becomes the first Oriole to finish in the Top 3 in Rookie of the Year voting since Daniel Cabrera in 2004. The Orioles haven’t had a winner since closer Gregg Olson in 1989.
Mancini appeared on the awards show Monday and gave credit to manager Buck Showalter and his veteran teammates for helping him maintain consistency throughout the season. He specifically mentioned catcher Caleb Joseph for his help in 2017.
Mancini, a Notre Dame product, was an eighth-round pick in 2013 – the same draft in which Judge was selected 32nd overall.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger was the unanimous winner in the National League.
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