Cody Bellinger became the 23rd player overall and the 13th in the National League to win the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year award by a unanimous vote. It marked the third consecutive year that the NL winner was unanimous, following Corey Seager last year and Kris Bryant in 2015, a record.
There had been back-to-back winners three times in the NL and once in the American League but never three in a row until now. It also marks the third time players from the same team were unanimous in consecutive seasons. The others were the Giants’ Orlando Cepeda in 1958 and Willie McCovey in 1959 and the Dodgers’ Mike Piazza in 1993 and Raul Mondesi in 1994.
Bellinger, whose father is former infielder Clay Bellinger, is the first son of a major league player to win the NL award. There have been three such winners in the AL: Tom Tresh, son of Mike, with the Yankees in 1962; Sandy Alomar Jr., son of Sandy Sr., with the Indians in 1990 and Ben Grieve, son of Tom, with the Athletics in 1998.
Bellinger is the seventh winner in the NL who played the majority of his games at first base. There have also been seven first-base winners in the AL.
This election marked the 18th time a Dodgers player has been honored, the most in the history of the award, twice as many as any other franchise.
Bellinger was the only player named on all ballots.
This was the fourth time that the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year winners were unanimous choices in both leagues, with Aaron Judge winning unanimously in the AL. The others were Athletics first baseman Mark McGwire and Padres catcher Benito Santiago in 1987, Angels right fielder Tim Salmon and Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza in 1993 and Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and Phillies third baseman Scott Rolen in 1997.
Ballots from two writers in each league city prior to postseason play are tabulated on a system that rewards five points for first place, three points for second place and one point for third place.
2017 NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year
|Cody Bellinger, Dodgers||30||150|
|Paul DeJong, Cardinals||15||11||56|
|Josh Bell, Pirates||10||2||32|
|Rhys Hoskins, Phillies||1||9||12|
|German Marquez, Rockies||2||4||10|
|Manuel Margot, Padres||1||2||5|
|Kyle Freeland, Rockies||1||3|
|Luis Castillo, Reds||1||1|
|Ian Happ, Cubs||1||1|
Below is a breakdown of the 30 individual ballots, submitted by two writers representing each city in the National League. Note that in some cases (*), if there are not enough eligible voters in one chapter, a voter from another chapter will represent that city. For more information on the voting, see our Voting FAQ.
|J.J. Cooper||Baseball America||ATL||Bellinger||Marquez||DeJong|
|Patrick Mooney||NBC Sports Chicago||CHI||Bellinger||Bell||DeJong|
|Bruce Miles||Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Illinois||CHI||Bellinger||DeJong||Happ|
|Joe Kay||The Associated Press||CIN||Bellinger||Bell||DeJong|
|Nick Groke||The Denver Post||COL||Bellinger||DeJong||Marquez|
|Brian Golden||Antelope Valley Press||LA||Bellinger||Bell||Hoskins|
|Hirokazu Higuchi||Chunichi Shimbun||LA||Bellinger||Bell||DeJong|
|Tim Healey||South Florida Sun Sentinel||MIA||Bellinger||DeJong||Marquez|
|Andre C. Fernandez||The Miami Herald||MIA||Bellinger||DeJong||Hoskins|
|Joel Sherman||New York Post||*MIL||Bellinger||Bell||DeJong|
|Abbey Mastracco||NJ Advance Media||NY||Bellinger||DeJong||Bell|
|Matthew Ehalt||The Record||NY||Bellinger||DeJong||Hoskins|
|Meghan Montemurro||The News Journal||PHI||Bellinger||DeJong||Hoskins|
|John Perrotto||FanRag Sports||PIT||Bellinger||DeJong||Bell|
|Ron Cook||Pittsburgh Post-Gazette||PIT||Bellinger||Bell||DeJong|
|Kirk Kenney||San Diego Union-Tribune||SD||Bellinger||Bell||DeJong|
|Jeff Sanders||San Diego Union-Tribune||SD||Bellinger||DeJong||Margot|
|Carl Steward||Bay Area News Group||SF||Bellinger||Bell||Hoskins|
|Benjamin Hochman||The St. Louis Post-Dispatch||STL||Bellinger||DeJong||Márquez|
|Jose de Jesus Ortiz||St. Louis Post-Dispatch||STL||Bellinger||Bell||DeJong|
|William Lloyd Ladson||MLB.com||WAS||Bellinger||Bell||DeJong|