Dodgers' Cody Bellinger Named National League Rookie of the Year

Yankees star Aaron Judge signs deal with Pepsi

In a truly spectacular rookie campaign, Judge became the ninth Yankee to win the Rookie of the Year Award, and the first since Derek Jeter in 1996. The 22-year-old, who split time between first base and the outfield, batted.271 with 97 RBIs for the National League champions. Last season, Corey Seager received the award.

The Yankees outfielder and finalist for the Rookie of the Year will serve as the new spokesperson for Pepsi, the soda giant announced Monday. Judge hit.284/.422/.627 overall this year and set new rookie records with 52 home runs and 127 walks, and yes, with 208 strikeouts as well.

Unlike Judge, Bellinger didn't start the season in the majors.

The award gives the Dodgers back-to-back Rookie of the Year Award Winners, and 18 total in franchise history, nine more than any other team in baseball.

It's the second year in a row a Dodger won Rookie of the Year.

Bellinger beat out Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell and Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong in winning the award. But they were 9-11 when they promoted Bellinger on April 25 - as an outfielder, following injuries to Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson.

"I haven't changed anything since Day One, " Judge said of his approach after Game 3 of the AL Championship Series, when his three-run homer and sensational catch in right field contributed to a win against the eventual world champion Houston Astros.

His fantastic first half, culminating in his Home Run Derby victory at Marlins Park, turned him into a transcendent figure, someone baseball commissioner Rob Manfred projected as a potential face of the game.

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

The Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi finished second in the AL voting while the Orioles' Trey Mancini was third.

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