Judge unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year

Judge unanimous pick as AL Rookie of the Year

Judge and his larger-than-life, 6-foot-7 frame took the baseball world by storm as he hit a rookie record 52 home runs this past season.

Only three previous times have both leagues' Rookie of the Year been awarded unanimously: Benito Santiago and Mark McGwire in 1987, Mike Piazza and Tim Salmon in 1993 and Scott Rolen and Nomar Garciaparra in 1997.

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).

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge celebrates hitting a three-run homer against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on October 16, 2017, at Yankee Stadium.

Judge had to win a spring training competition with Aaron Hicks just to earn his starting spot. He lead the AL in homers, runs scored (128), walks (127) and strikeouts (208). That comes after a brief 2016 Major League Baseball debut in which Judge struck out 42 times in 84 at-bats.

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Along the way he was named to the AL All-Star team, won the home run derby and was named AL Player of the Month in June and September.

The Dodgers have captured back-to-back NL Rookie of the Year Awards following shortstop Corey Seager's successful bid for the hardware in 2016.

"I know he's a big guy, but he's an athlete out there, " said Brett Gardner.

Overall, Judge's 52 homers were the most by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez hit 54 in 2007.

And Judge's 33 home runs at Yankee Stadium were the most by a Yankee in a single season at home, surpassing Babe Ruth's total of 32 in 1921.