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NY Yankees RF Aaron Judge named AL Player of the Month for September


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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for September, as well as AL Rookie of the Month for the final month of the regular season. Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for September.

The Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Aaron Judge, and the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, J.D. Martinez will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month included outfielder Mitch Haniger (.365, 17 R, 15 XBH, 14 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners and third baseman Nicholas Castellanos (.368, 11 2B, 7 HR, 25 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers.

Judge posted a slash line of .311/.463/.889 with 29 runs scored, 28 hits, seven doubles, 15 home runs, 31 RBI, 28 walks and two stolen bases over 27 games played to claim his second career AL Player of the Month Award (also June 2017), as well as his fourth rookie honor of the season. Aaron is the first AL player to earn four rookie honors in a single season since All-Star outfielder Mike Trout accomplished the feat during his AL Rookie of the Year Award-winning 2012 campaign. Among qualified AL leaders, the 25-year-old finished the month first in runs scored, home runs, RBI, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and matched All-Star infielder José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians for the most extra-base hits (22).

On September 20th against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, Judge went 1-for-3 with a homerun and his 100th RBI of the season. The Fresno State University product became the second rookie in Major League history to record at least 100 runs scored, 100 RBI and 100 walks in a single season, joining Hall of Famer Ted Williams (1939). In addition, the slugging outfielder became the eighth Yankee in team history to accomplish the feat, joining Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, as well as Charlie Keller, Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams and George Selkirk. Against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 22nd, the Linden, California native notched his second home run in as many days as part of a multi-hit effort. The first-inning solo shot extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one run scored to 12 contests, dating back to September 9th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other rookies in the past 65 years have posted a longer such streak – eventual Rookie of the Year Albert Pujols (13) of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001 and Trout (15) in 2012. Additionally, Judge logged the longest such streak by a Yankees hitter since Johnny Damon’s 12-game streak in 2007. Posting a career-high 15 home runs in the final month of the 2017 regular season campaign, the AL MVP candidate finished his outstanding rookie season with 52 round-trippers, establishing a new Major League record for home runs hit by a rookie in a single season.