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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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