Aaron Judge slugged 59 residence runs in 2017.(Photo: Gregory Fisher, USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is a finalist for AL MVP and Rookie of the Year, giving him an opportunity to grow to be simply the third participant to win the awards in the identical 12 months.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed the finalists for its main awards on Monday evening. The winners will likely be introduced subsequent week.

Judge may very well be a unanimous winner for Rookie of the Year, however the MVP area additionally contains Houston second baseman Jose Altuve and Cleveland infielder Jose Ramirez.

Ichiro Suzuki and Fred Lynn are the one gamers to win the marquee awards in the identical season. Suzuki completed the feat in 2001 with Seattle, and Lynn was a double winner in 1975 with Boston.


The 25-year-old Judge, who made his main league debut final 12 months, hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 155 video games this season. Led by Judge’s breakout, New York bought into the playoffs as a wild card and made it to the AL Championship Series earlier than it was eradicated by Altuve and the Astros.

Houston went on to win the World Series for the primary time. In addition to Altuve, the BBWAA additionally acknowledged A.J. Hinch from the Astros as a finalist for AL Manager of the Year alongside Terry Francona of the Indians and Paul Molitor of the Twins.

The race for NL MVP is also intriguing. Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who led the majors with 59 homers and 132 RBIs this 12 months, is competing in opposition to first basemen Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona and Joey Votto of Cincinnati.

Stanton and Votto every performed on dropping groups, whereas Goldschmidt helped the Diamondbacks get into the playoffs as a wild card.

The NL champion Dodgers might take residence three awards. Cody Bellinger might be a part of Judge as a unanimous winner for Rookie of the Year, Clayton Kershaw goes for a fourth NL Cy Young Award and Dave Roberts is up for Manager of the Year.

Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell and St. Louis infielder Paul DeJong spherical out the sector for NL Rookie of the Year, and Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi and Baltimore slugger Trey Mancini are also up for the AL award.

Kershaw is competing in opposition to Washington aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Corey Kluber of Cleveland, Chris Sale of Boston and Luis Severino from the Yankees are up for the AL Cy Young Award.

The area for NL Manager of the Year additionally contains Colorado’s Bud Black and Arizona’s Torey Lovullo.

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