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Dodgers' Cody Bellinger is National League rookie of the year

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger is National League rookie of the year

Judge and Bellinger each received all 30 first-place votes in their respective leagues from a panel comprised of two writers from each major league city.

The Yankees outfielder and finalist for the Rookie of the Year will serve as the new spokesperson for Pepsi, the soda giant announced Monday. The Dodgers had five-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez at first base.

Following in Corey Seager's footsteps last year, the Dodgers are the first team to have back to back Rookie of the Year award winners since the Athletics in 2005 and 2006 (Bobby Crosby and Huston Street).

As he established the MLB rookie record for homers in a season, surpassing Mark McGwire's 49 in 1987, seven of Judge's home runs had an exit velocity of 117 miles per hour or better, according to MLB Statcast. He's considered a shoo-in to be named American League Rookie of the Year.

The Yankees slugger, and former Fresno State baseball star, was a unanimous choice for the honor, as was Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger in the National League voting.




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. "People talk about how the MVP should come from a winning team".

Despite hitting.188 in the postseason (9-for-48), Judge did hit four home runs in October and his defense saved the Yankees from going out earlier than they did when he robbed Francisco Lindor of a home run in Game 3 of the ALDS. The other NL MVP finalist: Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, winners of a wild-card berth.

Judge, 25, became the first Yankee player since Derek Jeter in 1996 to pick up the American League award after a dazzling debut season.

"Now that the season is over, I'm trying to reflect on how insane this season was", Bellinger said on MLB Network.