The verdict is in and it is unanimous. Aaron Judge is the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year. The 25-year-old right fielder took Major League Baseball by storm in 2017, blasting a rookie-record 52 homers – three more than former record-holder Mark McGwire hit three decades ago.
Judge had to win a spring training competition with Aaron Hicks just to earn his starting spot. He took off from there, leading all A.L. players in homers (52), runs (128), walks (127) and strikeouts (208). Judge finished second in the A.L. in RBIs (114) while triple-slashing .284/.422/.627.
The other finalists for AL Rookie of the Year were Boston’s Andrew Benintendi and Baltimore’s Trey Mancini.
Other notable Baby Bombers to win Rookie of the Year honors include Derek Jeter (1996), Dave Righetti (1981), Thurman Munson (1970) and Tony Kubek (1957).