Rookie of the Year Fun!

With Aaron Judge winning the American League Rookie of the Year, I thought it would be fun to highlight and list some facts and trivia about the Rookie of the Year Award and how it relates to the Yankees.

* Nine Yankees in total have won the Rookie of the Year Award:  Gil McDougald (1951), Bob Grim (1954), Tony Kubek (1957), Tom Tresh (1962), Stan Bahnsen (1968), Thurman Munson (1970), Dave Righetti (1981), Derek Jeter (1996), and Aaron Judge (2017).

* Many other American League Rookie of the Year Award winners played for the Yankees at some point in their careers.  These are: Harry Byrd (1954 Award Winner), Ron Hansen (1960), Curt Blefary (1965), Lou Piniella (1969), Chris Chambliss (1971), Ron Kittle (1983), Jose Canseco (1986), Chuck Knoblauch (1991), Carlos Beltran (1999), Ichiro Suzuki (2001), Eric Hinske (2002), and Angel Berroa (2003).

* Of the non-Yankees winners who ended up playing for the Yankees, the player who was a Yankee for the most games was Lou Piniella (1,037 games as a Yankee).  The player who played the fewest games as a Yankee was Angel Berroa who appeared in only 21 games for New York in 2009.

* The list of National League Rookies of the Year who played for the Yankees is as follows:  John Montefusco (1975), Steve Howe (1980), Steve Sax (1982), Darryl Strawberry (1983), Dwight Gooden (1984), David Justice (1990), Raul Mondesi (1994), and Kerry Wood (1998).

* Only two Rookie of the Year Award winners ever managed the Yankees.  These are Lou Piniella and Bill Virdon (NL, 1955).

* Of all the Rookies of the Year who played for the Yankees at some point in their career, none are in the Hall-of-Fame.  Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki will be enshrined in the future.  

* Aaron Judge is the first Yankees outfielder to win the award.  The most popular positions for Yankees Rookie of the Year Award winners are shortstop and pitcher.  The three Yankees won the award while playing shortstop (Tony Kubek, Tom Tresh, and Derek Jeter) and three pitchers also won (Bob Grim, Stan Bahnsen, and Dave Righetti).