Aaron Judge has finished second in MVP voting behind Houston Astros' star Jose Altuve, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.
Judge, who has already brought home a Silver Slugger award and AL Rookie of the Year, hit .284 with 52 home runs and 114 RBIs in his rookie campaign. His 52 homers marked the most by a rookie in a single season.
The star helped guide the Yankees to a surprise trip to the ALCS where Judge hit .188 with four home runs and 11 RBIs.
Altuve received 405 voting points while Judge received 279. Altuve also had 27 first-place votes to Judge's 2.
I believe Judge was the better choice for MVP, but as I suspected, not enough members of the BBWAA agreed.
Despite Judge's second-place finish, his rookie campaign may go down as one of the best in the history of the game. Judge was dominant for much of the season but still contributed to the team even when not smashing homers: drawing a key walks, grabbing a stolen base or making an amazing play in the field.
Judge's production in the first half and final month were astounding, but he showed why he could become a perennial All-Star, and an eventual MVP, by the way in which he handled his well-publicized slump. We probably should not have been surprised by Judge's maturity and persistence in his rookie season when things went south, as he demonstrated he could improve his game by working hard last offseason to overcome a rough cameo in 2016.
Judge will never be fully satisfied with his own performance, and that attitude plus dedication should keep him in MVP conversations for years to come.