All Rise. Your honorable Aaron Judge has unanimously taken home the American League rookie of the Year Award with all 30 first-place votes going to the rookie slugger. Judge became the first Yankee rookie since Derek Jeter in 1996 to receive the award, and the ninth Yankee to ever do so.
In an age in which anyone who is anyone in the MLB hits a lot of home runs, Aaron Judge hit more than any other American Leaguer and was second in home runs across the MLB behind Giancarlo Stanton who clubbed 59. Judge broke Mark McGuire’s rookie record of 49 home runs in a rookie season and broke the rookie record for walks with 127, surpassing Ted Williams, who compiled 107 in his rookie campaign. Judge compiled 114 RBI and 128 runs scored to complement his .284/.422/.627 slash line.
Aaron Judge was given an All-Star nod and easily won the Home Run Derby while being one of the main contributors to the Yankees surprise ALCS birth in which they were one win shy of the World Series. He also just recently took home a Silver Slugger Award.
Judge finished the season with the second highest OPS (1.049) by a rookie in history (only Shoeless Joe Jackson had a higher OPS in a rookie season). He also compiled an 8.1 WAR in 2017.
Here are the voting results, as you can see, Judge won without any real competition.
AL Rookie of the Year Voting
|Aaron Judge, NYY||30||150|
|Andrew Benintendi, BOS||23||6||75|
|Trey Mancini, BAL||5||16||31|
|Matt Olson, OAK||1||5||5|
|Yuri Gurriel, HOU||5||5|
|Jordan Montgomery, NYY||1||1||4|
Hopefully, this is just one of many accolades and awards that Judge will receive in his career. Judge is also a finalist for the AL MVP Award, he is up against Carlos Santana and World Seris Champion Jose Altuve.
This case is dismissed.