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Monday, November 10, 2008

MLB: Soto wins NL Rookie of the Year Award

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, who batted .285 with 23 homers and 86 RBIs in his freshman season, was named National League Rookie of the Year on Monday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Soto, 25, is the first catcher to win the league honor since Mike Piazza did so 15 years ago.

He is the first Cubs player to win the award since Kerry Wood did so his rookie season in 1998, when he posted a 13-6 record and 3.40 ERA while striking out 233. Before Wood, the Cubs’ Jerome Walton won the NL ROY in 1989, when he hit .293.

Soto led all Major League rookies in RBIs in his first full season and handled a veteran pitching staff, which finished with the third-lowest ERA in the league.

Repoz Posted: November 10, 2008 at 08:27 PM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SouthSideRyan Posted: November 10, 2008 at 08:46 PM (#3006238)
Dreck.
   2. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: November 10, 2008 at 08:57 PM (#3006253)
Why did you hate Casey McGehee, South Side Ryan? Dude only played in 9 games.
   3. Kirby Kyle Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:03 PM (#3006260)
This is the kind of award blindly given by writers too dumb to look at May 25-July 3 splits.
   4. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:12 PM (#3006281)
So far all the comments are so ironic and/or sarcastic that I do not know if they are agreeing or disagreeing with the choice.
   5. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:16 PM (#3006289)
Funny, KK.

Well deserved and congrats to the Don. Here's hoping for continued improvement.
   6. Kyle S at work Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:16 PM (#3006291)
Did you guys see who finished fourth? I love this disclosure statement:
* Volquez received votes despite being ineligible as a rookie.

Ahh, writers. Gotta love em.
   7. SouthSideRyan Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:20 PM (#3006297)
James Loney was barely a rookie in 2007, let alone this year. What an embarrassment.
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:21 PM (#3006304)
With Volquez and Loney doing so well, I am surprised Pedroia didn't win the AL award.
   9. Corn On Ty Cobb Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:22 PM (#3006305)
No love for Jorge Campillo? Bastards.
   10. sotapop Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:25 PM (#3006313)
the right choice, but the margin over votto is pretty amazing, considering how close their numbers were. (had to check, was surprised.) maybe the writers finally are recognizing positional value of catchers -- but they'll forget in time for Mauer, tho...
   11. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:25 PM (#3006314)
So why even count their votes?
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:26 PM (#3006315)
First: The BBWAA should remove all awards voting privileges from the guys who voted for Volquez and Loney. There's absolutely no excuse for not knowing whether your 3 choices are eligible.

Second: Why the hell did the organization release the list with the ineligible players included? It's unnecessarily embarassing. Void those choices and release only the vote totals of eligible players.
   13. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:27 PM (#3006317)
Seriously, those guys really should lose their votes. I won't even joke that the dumbasses who voted for Fukudome should lose their vote, because voting for guys who aren't even rookies is completely inexcusible.
   14. SouthSideRyan Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:29 PM (#3006322)
I liked that mlb.com apparently didn't notice the Loney mistake. I mean, he started for the Dodgers for half of '07. How do you miss that?
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:33 PM (#3006332)
Second: Why the hell did the organization release the list with the ineligible players included? It's unnecessarily embarassing. Void those choices and release only the vote totals of eligible players.

If Volquez's three second place ballots were voided, then we would be noticing that there are more 1st and 3rd place ballots than 2nd place ballots, and saying ZOMG WHAT HAPPENED HERE, SOMEONE HAS BLUNDERED. So they would have to void those writers' entire ballots, I think. Which they should do.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:38 PM (#3006338)
I liked that mlb.com apparently didn't notice the Loney mistake. I mean, he started for the Dodgers for half of '07.

And 100 ABs in 2006. Friggin 2006!!! Writers should be used to seeing his face by now.

This makes the Michael Young and Nate McLouth awards a little more understandable now. At least those two were eligible for their awards.
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:38 PM (#3006339)
If Volquez's three second place ballots were voided, then we would be noticing that there are more 1st and 3rd place ballots than 2nd place ballots, and saying ZOMG WHAT HAPPENED HERE, SOMEONE HAS BLUNDERED. So they would have to void those writers' entire ballots, I think. Which they should do.


Or move the third place votes up to second, and suggest no third-place votes were tendered. Or don't offer any explanation at all. Or void the votes completely. Anything's better than putting your membership's ignorance on such prominent display, particularly when your members' competence is under fire already.
   18. Chris Dial Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:39 PM (#3006342)
How many votes did Ryan Ludwick get?
   19. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:44 PM (#3006351)
Rick Ankiel should have gotten some votes too. And how did Loney do better than Matt Kemp?
   20. Sean Forman Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:44 PM (#3006353)
The writers website doesn't list Loney as getting any votes, so I'm not quite sure the issue here. The points don't add up either if you include Loney. Total points should be 288 not 289.
   21. SoSH U at work Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:47 PM (#3006356)
The writers website doesn't list Loney as getting any votes, so I'm not quite sure the issue here. The points don't add up either if you include Loney. Total points should be 288 not 289.


In that case, I'd say MLB.com reused last year's vote total graphic, and failed to remove Loney's name from the list of vote-getters.
   22. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:50 PM (#3006360)
Considering the MVP and Gold Glove voting, it would only be just to give next year's Rookie award to Albert Pujols.
   23. flournoy Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:54 PM (#3006365)
In that case, I'd say MLB.com reused last year's vote total graphic, and failed to remove Loney's name from the list of vote-getters.


This is the answer. Loney finished seventh (tied for sixth with Yunel Escobar, actually) last year, with one third place vote. Whoever compiled that table just replaced the top six rows with this year's six vote-getters and accidentally left Loney's row in there.

Volquez is still inexcusable.
   24. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: November 10, 2008 at 09:55 PM (#3006368)
It's a good thing that Julio Franco didn't play this year.
   25. Andere Richtingen Posted: November 10, 2008 at 10:14 PM (#3006382)
First: The BBWAA should remove all awards voting privileges from the guys who voted for Volquez and Loney. There's absolutely no excuse for not knowing whether your 3 choices are eligible.

I thought the voters are provided a list from which to choose. If that is indeed the case, then they should have their children taken away.
   26. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2008 at 10:24 PM (#3006391)
The BBWAA should have their children taken away.
   27. Sam M. Posted: November 10, 2008 at 10:29 PM (#3006394)
Volquez is still inexcusable.

Says you. I see it as the latest act of civil disobedience, another act of courage in the great tradition of Gandhi and King. These writers see the injustice of holding Volquez's time in another league against him. Was he not a National League rookie in 2008??? If the rules are so unjust, they must be defied, at first by only one or two brave members of the BBWA, and then later by legions of fans and plain, ordinary Americans (named Joe, of course) who will stand up for the values of fair play and decency we all hold dear and someday, some other player will not only receive a stray vote or two for an award for which he is technically ineligible. But he shall actually win it!!!! And on that day, we shall all thank the BBWA for reaching the final, ultimate expression of itself, and we'll look back to this day, and thank those anonymous writers who voted for Volquez and realize that it was their brave act that set it all in motion.

God bless us everyone.
   28. flournoy Posted: November 10, 2008 at 10:41 PM (#3006403)
If the three (!) guys who voted for Volquez actually did so knowing that he wasn't a major league rookie, but was a "National League rookie," then that would be cool. Though they could really only plausibly cast a ballot like that if they also had Johan Santana on there.

EDIT: I suppose Santana accrued enough interleague service time from 2000 to 2007 to be disqualified from the NL ROY Award.
   29. Skinner! Posted: November 10, 2008 at 11:14 PM (#3006423)
MLB removed Loney from the list, so they fixed that. I guess MLB doesn't make enough money to hire editors.

I find this happens with MLB quite a bit. They had an article earlier this year regarding who qualifies as a rookie, where they listed a bunch of players who were not rookies. I believe they just removed that article in total without replacing it.
   30. flournoy Posted: November 10, 2008 at 11:17 PM (#3006425)
In fairness, every player who was incorrectly listed as a rookie in that article had been a rookie at one point in the past.
   31. Obama Bomaye Posted: November 10, 2008 at 11:24 PM (#3006432)
I wonder for how many seasons James Loney has been advised to know his place.
   32. Sam M. Posted: November 10, 2008 at 11:30 PM (#3006438)
Though they could really only plausibly cast a ballot like that if they also had Johan Santana on there.

Yes!!! Johan Santana for Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year! Now you're into the spirit of this. We are going to break down the barricades of irrational prejudice that keeps veteran players from winning the ROY award when they are just starting out, trying to make their way in the treacherous waters of their first year in a new league.

These are not ignorant buffoons. (OK, they might be that, too. But they're not only ignorant buffoons.) They are warriors against injustice!
   33. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: November 11, 2008 at 12:32 AM (#3006469)
Yes!!! Johan Santana for Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year!


Hell no. Manny's got to be the choice.
   34. Barca Posted: November 11, 2008 at 12:36 AM (#3006470)
"if Volquez's three second place ballots were voided, then we would be noticing that there are more 1st and 3rd place ballots than 2nd place ballots, and saying ZOMG WHAT HAPPENED HERE, SOMEONE HAS BLUNDERED. So they would have to void those writers' entire ballots, I think. Which they should do."

Yep, void those ballots all together.
   35. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: November 11, 2008 at 02:18 PM (#3006696)
Lost in all this is that Soto was I think the preseason favorite to win the RoY <u>and he did</u>. Most impressive.

Of course, Walt would tell us he can't possibly keep it up. ;-)
   36. Walt Davis Posted: November 11, 2008 at 08:18 PM (#3006955)
And he won't. :-) Put me down for a BA of 270 or lower next year.

CC for ROY.

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