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    Aaron Judge unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year

    Aaron Judge has won American League Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the first New York Yankees player to receive the award since Derek Jeter in 1996.

    Judge won the award unanimously in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, announced Monday on MLB Network. The 6-foot-7 slugger's victory was a foregone conclusion after he led the American League with 52 home runs and helped the Yankees reach the postseason as a wild card. Judge is also a finalist for the AL MVP award.

    "It's a dream come true -- an amazing feeling," Judge said Monday on ESPN's SC6. "Just to be mentioned with the other two candidates as well is kind of an honor with the season they had. I'm just blessed to be in this position."

    Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi finished second in rookie of the year voting, followed by Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini.

    Judge's AL-leading home run total broke the rookie record of 49 set by Oakland's Mark McGwire in 1987. He ranked first in the AL in runs (128) and walks (127).

    The Yankees entered this season with marginal expectations by their standards, but the prodigious power of Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez transformed them almost overnight into an exciting young team with tremendous potential.

    The knocks against Judge were his 208 strikeouts -- only five times has a player whiffed more in one season -- and extended slump after he won the Home Run Derby. But he rebounded with a huge September when New York really needed it, leading the AL in homers (15), RBIs (32), runs (29), on-base percentage (.463) and slugging percentage (.889).
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