Shortly after it was announced that Aaron Judge had unanimously taken home AL Rookie of the Year honors, it was announced that Cody Bellinger had won the NL Rookie of the Year Award and he, like Judge, had also won unanimously. It was just the fourth time both the American and National League Rookie of the Year Award winners won unanimously. Bellinger is now the 18th Dodgers player in history to win the NL ROY Award.
Bellinger hit a National League Rookie Record 39 home runs in 2017 with a slash line of .267/.352/.581. Bellinger’s 39 home runs are third-most by a rookie following Mark McGuire (49) and Aaron Judge (52).
Bellinger received all 30 first-place votes which translate to a perfect score of 150 in the voting results. He was then followed by Paul DeJong who had a score of 56 and DeJong was followed by Josh Bell who had a score of 32. basically, it wasn’t even close.
Bellinger was one of the main contributors to the 2017 Dodgers who were one win shy of a World Series victory. Bellinger also became the third National League Rookie of the Year Award winner to win unanimously, following teammate Corey Seager in 2016, and Kris Bryant in 2017.
While Bellinger is not a finalist for the NL MVP Award like Judge, he still has a bright future ahead of him, and I am sure that this will be one of many awards that the young first baseman will receive in his career. Here were the voting results if you would like to see the scoring in its entirety.
NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR VOTING
|Cody Bellinger, LAD||30||150|
|Paul DeJong, STL||15||11||56|
|Josh Bell, PIT||10||2||32|
|Rhys Hoskins, PHI||1||9||12|
|German Marquez, COL||2||4||10|
|Manuel Margot, SD||1||2||5|
|Kyle Freeland, COL||1||3|
|Luis Castillo, CIN||1||1|
|Ian Happ, CHC||1||1|