At least the voting could provide some drama, because Judge and Bellinger had their respective awards all sewn up by July 1, as both of them homered at historic rates and played big parts on their teams' success.
Judge and Bellinger each received all 30 first-place votes in their respective leagues from a panel comprised of two writers from each major league city.
As expected, New York Yankees rookie right fielder Aaron Judge was unanimously named the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday night. It's the first time in 20 years that both Rookie of the Year winners were unanimous and fourth time it's happened in Major League Baseball history.
Judge and his larger-than-life, 6-foot-7 frame took the baseball world by storm as he hit a rookie record 52 home runs this past season.
Those 52 longballs also broke Mark McGwire's rookie record of 49 that he set with the Oakland Athletics in 1987.
He blasted out of a lengthy second-half slump by slashing.311/.463/.889 in September, with 15 home runs - the most by a Yankee in a calendar month since Roger Maris hit 15 in June 1961 - and 32 RBI in 27 games. "From his fantastic catches to his monstrous home runs, whether you are a Yankee fan or not, you have to watch him".
Good things generally happened when Judge managed to get the ball into the air.
Aaron Judge is the first Yankee to win Rookie of the Year since Derek Jeter in 1996.
In the National League, the Rookie of the Year is Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger played in 132 games, hitting.367 with a.933 OPS with 39 home runs.
Like Judge, Bellinger struck out a good amount - enough to earn some critics, but not almost enough to consider giving this award to anyone else. Bellinger was honored Monday as the unanimous victor of the National League rookie of the year.