By: Kyle Hirshkind
Baseball season is officially in full swing, and before we have even made it to the All-Star break, we might already know who our Rookies of the Year are.
Scratch that. We DO KNOW who the AL and NL Rookies of the Year are, and it’s not worth even arguing about.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has made himself the new face of the franchise not even half way through his first full season. Talk about impressive. The dude has been tearing it up, batting over .300 with nearly 30 dingers (26, but it’ll be 30 before we know it). A lot of people believe he could be capable of producing the best rookie season in MLB history this year.
His National League counterpart however, is making that same case for himself. Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger has been doing just about everything to win games for LA. Currently batting .267 with 24 homers, the man isn’t far behind Judge at all.
And saying he isn’t far behind shouldn’t take away from the potential greatness he may have. If you didn’t already know, the two rookies are currently 1 and 2 in total homeruns so far this season.
And no, I cannot confirm if they are human or not, but my most educated guess would be hell-to-the-freaking-no.
But all joking aside, these guys are not only confirming themselves as AL and NL Rookies of the Year, but they are running the league and doing so by a hefty margin in a variety of categories. Judge currently leads the majors in homers and runs, and leads the AL in batting average and walks. I can’t forget to mention that he is also just shy of leading the league in all Triple Crown categories. Again, probably not a human.
Bellinger on the other hand, started his campaign a bit late (April 25th to be exact). But in the short amount of time he has been playing with the big boys, he’s had 5 multi-homer games, and of course has worked his way up to second on the homerun leaders list.
The two are without a doubt going to win AL and NL Rookies of the Year respectably, and have a solid shot at becoming the fourth pair of rookies to win the awards unanimously in the same year (according to Fox.com). 1987 (Mark McGwire, Benito Santiago); 1993 (Tim Salmon, Mike Piazza); and 1997 (Nomar Garciparra, Scott Rolen).
They could also be the first two to both win Rookie of the Year AND Most Valuable Player in the same season. Yep…I said it, and I don’t think it’s as crazy as it may sound.
So keep an eye on these guys because we are definitely witnessing not only history, but greatness, and I feel as though everyone should appreciate greatness to some extent, even if these guys don’t play for the team you root for. It’s still an exciting time for baseball and it’s fans, as much as the sport gets a bad rap.