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Monday, November 14, 2022

MLB Rookie of the Year Award winners 2022

Julio Rodriguez and Michael Harris win!

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jimfurtado Posted: November 14, 2022 at 07:59 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: julio rodriguez, michael harris, rookie of the year

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez bolsters Rookie of the Year bid, joins rare company in 25-25 club

Julio Rodriguez continued to strengthen his rookie of the year campaign with another big accomplishment Wednesday, stealing his 25th stolen base of the season to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres, securing a key two-game split.

Rodríguez was hit by a pitch by San Diego starter Mike Clevinger and increased his season’s stolen base total to 25 in the fifth inning, making him the third rookie in league history to have at least 25 steals and 25 homers in their first season. But unlike Chris Young in 2007 and Mike Trout in 2012, Rodriguez reached the 25/25 plateau in his debut season. Both Young and Trout reached in the majors late in the previous season, but were still considered rookies.

“I don’t see myself as a rookie. I see myself as a player like anybody else and I’m just happy that I’m being able to deliver for the team any time,” Rodriguez said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 14, 2022 at 10:40 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: julio rodriguez

Friday, August 26, 2022

Seattle Mariners finalizing long-term extension with breakout rookie Julio Rodriguez, sources say

Seattle Mariners slugger Julio Rodriguez has parlayed his breakout rookie season into a new deal, as the sides are finalizing a massive long-term contract extension, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday.

Rodriguez, 21, is the first rookie in Mariners history to record 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season, reaching the milestone Wednesday when he hit a solo shot in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals. He is also the fourth rookie in American League history to accomplish the feat since 2000, joining Mike Trout (2012), Andrew Benintendi (2017) and Randy Arozarena (2021).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 26, 2022 at 12:44 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: julio rodriguez, mariners

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Friday, July 01, 2022

Julio Rodríguez, Ryan Mountcastle and other hitters surging due to better batted-ball quality - The Athletic

At the beginning, I was like wow, I’m in the big leagues now — but now I’m doing what I want to do,” Rodríguez said recently. “I feel confident and take my best swing now, instead of being protective at the plate.”

The electric Mariners center fielder added a few other reasons for his power surge — he said he started to understand what pitchers were trying to do to him, and found a way to do what he wanted to do and “stick to his strengths more” — but generally it’s that process of getting used to the big leagues that helped Rodriguez hit seven homers in June, a top-25 number for the month, after hitting zero in April.

“I need to calm down and become who I am,” he said with a smile.

jimfurtado Posted: July 01, 2022 at 04:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: julio rodriguez, ryan mountcastle

Monday, June 20, 2022

Experts predict MLB’s next great superstar

Mark Feinsand, executive reporter: I know it might sound crazy to say this given that he plays in Tampa Bay, but I feel like Wander Franco is the guy. The hype around him has been crazy, he’s on a team that contends annually, and he has that superstar aura we look for in these guys. Now he just needs to stay healthy.

Andrew Simon, editor/writer/researcher: I’ll go with Julio Rodríguez. The talent is obviously there, the production is getting there, and if we’re considering star power, he also has the sort of magnetic personality that could make him one of the faces of the game.

David Adler, researcher/reporter: Bobby Witt Jr. And it won’t even take five years. I’m all in on him. Love the swing, love the tools, love everything.



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