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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: September 24, 2021 at 02:49 PM (#6041482)
It's too bad Edinson Volquez didn't pitch this year, I thought this would finally be his year.
   2. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: September 24, 2021 at 06:27 PM (#6041514)
Reminds me of Pat Benatar being the Circus Magazine Reader's Poll Best Newcomer in consecutive years.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: September 24, 2021 at 06:52 PM (#6041518)
K-Rod won 5 games in relief in the 2002 postseason for the WS champ Angels (that HAS to be a record), then followed up with a solid rookie campaign in 2003 (going 8-3 in relief).

a New Jersey reporter won "Rookie of the Year" in the state press awards twice - and three years apart !
   4. Pirate Joe Posted: September 24, 2021 at 08:36 PM (#6041531)
Shelby Lynne won the Best New Artist Grammy the year she released her 6th album.

Of course it's the Grammys, they are required by law to do at least a few really stupid things every year.

   5. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 24, 2021 at 09:11 PM (#6041542)
Ken Dryden won the Conn Smythe Award (NHL's playoff MVP), and then won the Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year) the following year.

He only played 6 regular season games at the end of the first year, and the Canadiens chose him as their starting goalie for the playoffs.
   6. The Duke Posted: September 24, 2021 at 09:21 PM (#6041546)
Pat Benatar was hot
   7. Tony S Posted: September 24, 2021 at 09:51 PM (#6041557)
Todd Worrell was a key contributor to the Cardinals late in the 1985 season and in the postseason. The next year he won the RoY.
   8. Ron J Posted: September 24, 2021 at 11:35 PM (#6041584)
#5 Thing is the Canadiens knew they had something special with him. You don't move a rookie ahead of somebody as good as Vachon on a whim.

Also the playoff series against the Bruins had one of my favorite moments in sports (and I'm not a Habs fan). After a remarkable save against Phil Esposito, Esposito screamed, "You thieving giraffe!" and slammed his stick against the glass behind the goal.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: September 24, 2021 at 11:45 PM (#6041587)
Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker won the PGA Tour's Comeback Player of the Year award in consecutive seasons.

   10. Snowboy Posted: September 25, 2021 at 05:12 PM (#6041636)
I would like to contribute, but I can't stop smiling (smirking?) at #8, that's a gold story.
   11. Snowboy Posted: September 25, 2021 at 05:53 PM (#6041645)
Wayne Gretzky scored 137 points in his NHL debut (breaking the previous record of 95) and tied to win the scoring title, but he did not win 1979-80 Rookie of the Year. He was somehow ruled ineligible, because he had previously played for one year in the World Hockey Association.

But note that the NHL declines to "count" any of his (or anyone's) WHA stats.

Fair enough that a league doesn't count a different league's numbers: what a player hits in Japan or for the Heber Oilers doesn't count in MLB. However the following year in NHL Peter Stastny came over from a Czechoslovakian team and was not disqualified, and he won ROTY. In 1989-90 31 year old Sergei Makarov was not disqualified, with his two Olympic gold medals and a silver, and World Championship appearances for team USSR in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, and he won ROTY. But Wayne could/did not.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: September 26, 2021 at 02:13 AM (#6041730)
#11 ... well the WHA and NHL merged so, official stats or not, it's an odd situation. It was the same team so in that sense he had already played for a "major league" team. Looks like the NBA disqualified ABA players for RoY and All-rookie but I don't know whether they accept the stats or not.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 26, 2021 at 02:46 AM (#6041732)
Hideo Nomo won Pacific League Rookie of the Year in 1990, and National League Rookie of the Year in 1995.

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