Aaron Judge the slugger for the New York Yankees is a finalist for the American League MVO as well as Rookie of the Year, giving the 6-foot-7 outfielder an opportunity to become only the third player to win both awards during the same season.
On Monday night the finalist for the major awards handed out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America were revealed. Next week, the winners will be announced.
Voting for the Cy Young awards and the National League MVP should be very close, but for the AL MVP, Judge winning over Houston’s Jose Altuve, might be the toughest choice in the awards.
Judge may be announced as the unanimous winner of the AL ROY, but in the MVP race he is up against not only Altuve the second baseman for the Astros, but Jose Ramirez an infielder for the Cleveland Indians.
Judge, who is 25, debuted this past season in the major league’s hitting .284, with 52 home runs and 114 RBIs. He played in 155 of the 162 regular season games for the Yankees.
Led by the breakout year of Judge, the Yankees reached the postseason as one of two wildcards and played their way into the AL Championship Series where they were eliminated by the Astros.
Houston was able to go on and win this year’s World Series. A.J. Hinch the manager for the Astros is one of the finalists for the AL Manager of the Year with Cleveland’s Terry Francona and Minnesota’s Paul Molitor.
The NL MVP race is very intriguing. Giancarlo Stanton the Miami Marlins slugger, who led baseball with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs, is competing with Paul Goldschmidt the Arizona first baseman and Joey Votto the first baseman from Cincinnati.
Stanton as well as Votto each played for losing teams, while Goldschmidt was instrumental in the helping the Diamondbacks reach the postseason as one of the NL wildcard teams.
The Los Angeles Dodgers could win three awards as Cody Bellinger is a finalist for NL Rookie of the Year, David Roberts for NL Manager of the Year, and pitching ace Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award.
Also in the running for NL ROY are Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong and Pirates first baseman Josh Bell.
The AL ROY of the Year besides Judge is Boston’s Andrew Benintendi and Baltimore’s Trey Mancini.
In the NL Cy Young Award race, Kershaw is up against Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer both of whom play for the Washington Nationals.
The AL Cy Young is between Boston’s Chris Sale, New York’s Luis Severino and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber.