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Rookie Of The Year Newsbeat

Monday, November 15, 2021

Arozarena, India claim top rookie hardware

In an unsurprising outcome, Arozarena was named the American League winner and India the National League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in results unveiled Monday night on MLB Network. While the 2021 rookie class included many great performances, the voters recognized that these two particular position players had everyday impact—from Opening Day onward—on two teams with winning records.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2021 at 08:42 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Sunday, October 10, 2021

John Thorn: 5 rookies

Just as there were famous players before they began to receive bronze plaques marking their fame, there were great freshmen before the Rookie of the Year Award. My friend Bill Deane, an expert on baseball awards of all sorts, went so far as to list hypothetical Rookie of the Year winners for the years 1900 to 1946 (which I have extended, informally, to 1876, when technically everyone was a rookie).
Deane wrote in Total Baseball:
“In 1947 thirty-three baseball writers were asked to name five rookies in order of preference, with votes distributed on a 5–4–3–2–1 basis. Thus, Jackie Robinson became the first nationally recognized winner of the BBWAA Rookie of the Year Award…. In 1948 forty-eight writers [three per club] took part in the award, this time naming only a single candidate on each ballot. In 1949 the BBWAA began the process of choosing a top rookie in each league.”...

1920–1946
Ted Williams, 1939
When he reported to the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League in 1936, at age 17, Ted had reached his full height of 6’3”, but he weighed only 148 pounds. Where did the power come from? Not from the physique, although that would become impressive over time, but from technique. He had the most beautiful swing any baseball oldtimer had ever seen. Ted had a remarkable rookie season in Boston in 1939, hitting 31 home runs and driving in 145 runs while drawing 107 walks. The long arc of his swing, combined with plate discipline, would mark his career from beginning to end.
Runners-up: Paul Waner, 1926; Hal Trosky, 1934; Johnny Beazley, 1942; Del Ennis, 1946.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 10, 2021 at 11:26 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Friday, September 24, 2021

They could be ROY vote-getters—again

But despite all of that, of the 19 players to receive Rookie of the Year votes last year—or, of the 17 to receive votes but not win—four players remained rookie-eligible for this year. They didn’t exceed at-bats, innings or service-time limits, and they didn’t win the award last year. Those players are: Ryan Mountcastle, who got one vote last year and finished tied for eighth in the AL; Ian Anderson, who received one vote and finished tied for seventh in the NL; Ke’Bryan Hayes, who received five votes and finished sixth; and Sixto Sánchez, who received one vote and was tied for seventh.

This year, Mountcastle has an Orioles rookie-record 31 homers, with a .260 batting average and .809 OPS. His 31 homers lead all rookies. With Wander Franco’s hamstring injury as his award case was gaining steam, and Adolís García’s season stats being more first-half heavy, Mountcastle is a candidate to win the award, not just receive votes.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2021 at 01:29 PM | 13 comment(s)
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