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Bellinger, Judge Both Unanimously Named Rookie Of The Year

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Ready for a shock? Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge were both named Rookie of the Year for their respective leagues on Monday in a unanimous vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America. The last time both league’s Rookie of the Year were a unanimous choice was 1997 when Scott Rolen and Nomar Garciaparra both took the honor.

Cody Bellinger’s rookie campaign for Dave Roberts and the Los Angeles Dodgers was, in a word, electric. Despite being just old enough to drink at season’s beginning, the calm and quiet Bellinger delivered a performance that stands out even in the illustrious history of his team. Batting .267 with 39 homers and 97 RBI while splitting time at two different positions is remarkable for any player, even more so for a kid.

The Dodgers may have fallen short in the Fall Classic against Houston, but they never even would have been there had it not been for Bellinger’s contributions. He is LA’s second-straight Rookie of the Year winner behind Corey Seager last year.  St. Louis’ Paul Dejong was the runner-up and Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell came in third.

Aaron Judge’s first full season for the New York Yankees was nothing short of wowing. It saw him break the Yankee record for home runs by a rookie..before the All-Star Game. Though he tailored off majorly from July until September, the 25-year-old recomposed himself and delivered a monster final month that helped propel the Bombers to the Wild Card.

The behemoth of a right fielder finished with a .284 AVG, 114 RBI and an AL leading 52 home runs, a new American League rookie record. Boston’s Andrew Benintendi came in second while Baltimore’s Trey Mancini placed third.

Judge is a finalist for MVP later this week as well and though I don’t think he should win that, nothing can take away from the amazing season that we saw from the humble giant. All Rise.

Both of these guys are remarkable young players that have a chance to be superstars for a long time to come. Check back with us tomorrow night for the unveiling of Manager of the Year!

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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