That home run tally was enough to break the NL's rookie home run record, so even though his counterpart in the AL overshadowed that a little bit with his own sky-high dingers, it's impressive nonetheless.
Judge and Bellinger each received all 30 first-place votes in their respective leagues from a panel comprised of two writers from each major league city. The Dodgers went 89-38 in the games Bellinger started, a.701 winning percentage.
Judge had a historic first season, belting 52 home runs for the Yankees, the most by a rookie in big league history.
Though both Judge and Bellinger struck out at prodigious rates in 2017 - and each set records for whiffs in a single postseason, with Bellinger (29) topping the record Judge (27) had set earlier in October - both also collected huge hits in the playoffs, with Judge's Yankees advancing via the wild card to the American League Championship Series and Bellinger's Dodgers earning their first World Series berth since 1988. But he bounced back with a strong September, hitting.311 with 15 homers and 32 RBIs during a playoff chase. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was chosen as American League Rookie of the Year.
The 6-foot-7 Judge is also a finalist for the AL MVP award, which will be announced on Thursday night.
The Red Sox's Fred Lynn (1975) and the Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki (2001) are the only players who have won Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season. The Dodgers had five-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez at first base. A top Dodgers prospect entering the season, Bellinger did not make his big league debut until April 25.
In the NL voting, Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong was second while the Pirates' Josh Bell finished third.