For the first time in over two decades, the American League Rookie of the Year is wearing pinstripes.
The 25-year-old posted a historic rookie season and emerged as one of baseball's premier power hitters. In 155 games, Judge slashed .284/.422/.627 with 52 home runs, 114 RBIs, and 127 walks. He led the AL in runs, homers, strikeouts, walks, and WAR, and was second in slugging, on-base-percentage, OPS, and RBIs.
"It means everything. It's quite an honor," Judge said, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. "It's an honor and a privilege. I'm just one piece in an organization. The impact my teammates, family, and friends have had on me this year have been huge. I can't thank them enough."
During the 2017 campaign, Judge wrote his name in both the Yankees' and MLB record books on numerous occasions:
- Shattered Joe DiMaggio's Yankees' rookie home run record in July.
- Is the second rookie to hit 30 home runs before the All-Star break.
- Became the first AL rookie to record 100 walks in a season since 1950.
- Joined Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle as the only Yankees to hit 40 home runs in a season at age 25 or younger.
- Passed Mark McGwire's all-time rookie homer mark with his 50th on Sept. 25.
- Broke Ruth's single-season franchise record with 33 homers at Yankee Stadium.
- Was the two-time Player of the Month, and four-time Rookie of the Month.
- Won 2017 Home Run Derby.
Judge is the ninth Rookie of the Year in Yankees history, and first to win the award since Derek Jeter in 1996.