MLB Rookie of the Year: Aaron Judge vs. Cody Bellinger?
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MLB Rookie of the Year: Aaron Judge vs. Cody Bellinger?

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Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger were named unanimous American League and National League Rookie of the Year respectively. But who is the MLB Rookie of the Year? Judge had a historical rookie year on the way to an American League Championship Series appearance. Bellinger had one of the most impressive rookie debuts ever, and was an important piece in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ World Series run. Who is the real rookie of the year? 

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New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge spent his year breaking records, and powering the Yankees to postseason success in a year they were supposed to be rebuilding. He lit New York on fire with his hitting, and Yankees future is looking bright. Here are some of his achievements this year, according to Anthony Castrovince at MLB.com:

Judge broke Mark McGwire's 1987 rookie record for home runs with 52 and Ted Williams' 1939 rookie mark for walks, with 127. He also struck out more times than any rookie in history (208) yet nonetheless finished with the second-highest OPS (1.049) by a rookie in history (only Shoeless Joe Jackson's 1.058 mark in 1911 was higher). According to FanGraphs' Wins Above Replacement calculation, Judge, at 8.2, was the most valuable player in baseball, rookie or otherwise.

Bellinger may have made his debut later in this season, but that didn't stop him from putting up ridiculous numbers once he made it to The Show. The Dodger rookie hammered home runs and flashed a fancy glove defensively to help Los Angeles get to the World Series. Here is Anthony Castrovince at MLB.com with more of what Bellinger did this season:

His 39 home runs set a new rookie record in the NL, and his .581 slugging percentage was the fifth-highest in the NL this year. Bellinger's versatility was also an asset for manager Dave Roberts. He played 93 games at first base and 46 in the outfield.
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