And like with Judge and his Yankees, Bellinger figures to play a crucial for the Dodgers for years to come. He added 97 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, a.267/.352/.581 slash line and 4.2 WAR as he replaced Adrian Gonzalez as the Dodgers' everyday first baseman.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was the unanimous victor a year ago.
Following in Corey Seager's footsteps last year, the Dodgers are the first team to have back to back Rookie of the Year award winners since the Athletics in 2005 and 2006 (Bobby Crosby and Huston Street). The 52 homers broke Mark McGwire's 1987 mark (49) for dingers by a rookie.
Bellinger was honored Monday as the unanimous victor of the National League rookie of the year.
The two Rookie of the Year races, however, provided absolutely zero drama. But once he was called up on April 25, Bellinger proved to be one of the best hitters in the NL. Paul DeJong finished second in the NL ROY balloting and Josh Bell finished third.
Despite hitting.188 in the postseason (9-for-48), Judge did hit four home runs in October and his defense saved the Yankees from going out earlier than they did when he robbed Francisco Lindor of a home run in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Judge garnered all 30 first-place votes from The Baseball Writers' Association of America, topping the runner-up, Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi by 75 points. The Dodgers went 89-38 in the games Bellinger started, a.701 winning percentage.
His fantastic first half, culminating in his Home Run Derby victory at Marlins Park, turned him into a transcendent figure, someone baseball commissioner Rob Manfred projected as a potential face of the game.