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Yankees' outfielder Aaron Judge undergoes shoulder surgery
New York Yankees' outfielder Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday.
The American League Rookie of the Year underwent a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up. Judge was said to be battling a shoulder issue in the second-half of the season so this isn't out of the blue and the right fielder is expected to make a full recovery for Spring Training.
Judge finished the 2017 season with an American League-best 52 home runs and the second-highest OPS in the MLB (1.049).
Houston's Jose Altuve named the 2017 American League MVP
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was named the American League's Most Valuable Player on Thursday.
Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series win as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers. A five-time All-Star, the second baseman finished third in the MPV voting last year. Altuve received 27 of 30 first-place votes with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees earing 2 and Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians getting the other.
Altuve led all of MLB with a .346 batting average while posting 24 home runs, 81 RBI, 112 runs scored, 32 steals, and .405 wOBA.
Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton wins NL MVP
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton won the National League MVP Award.
Stanton became the first NL MVP in Marlins history, edging out Joey Votto by just 2 points. He led all NL players in WAR, while leading the league with 59 home runs.
Over 597 plate appearances this season, Stanton had 168 hits with 59 home runs and 132 RBI, which were all career-highs.
Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers named National League Rookie of the Year
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Bellinger was the unanimous choice, just like Aaron Judge in the AL, after helping lead the Dodgers back to the World Series for the first time in nearly 30 years. He is the second consecutive Dodger to win the award, Corey Seager in 2016, and the 18th all-time.
Bellinger hit 39 homers with 97 RBI, 87 runs scored, and 10 steals while batting .267/.352/.581 with a .380 wOBA in 548 plate appearances.
Yankees' Aaron Judge unanimous winner of American League Rookie of the Year
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was named the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday.
Judge became the first Yankees player to win the award since Derek Jeter in 1996 as he won unanimously. The outfielder set a new rookie record with 52 home runs as he led New York back to the playoffs and within a game of the World Series, falling to the Astros in seven games.
Judge led the American League with 128 runs, 52 homers, and 127 walks while batting .284/.422/.627 with a .430 wOBA in 678 plate appearances.
George Springer, Astros defeat Dodgers in Game 7 for first World Series title
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer went 2-for-5 with 1 home run and 2 runs scored in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series on Wednesday.
The title is the first in club history after Springer helped give the Astros a 5-0 lead in the second inning that they never relinquished. He led off the contest with a double and promptly found his way home on a throwing error before adding a two-run bomb in the second frame. Springer finished the World Series with 8 extra-base hits (3 doubles, 5 home runs) and 29 total bases, making the 28-year-old an easy choice for Most Valuable Player.
According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Astros are tied with the Cleveland Indians as having the second-best chance of defending their championship in 2018 at 6:1 odds. The Dodgers are the favorites at 5:1.
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