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Monday, November 09, 2020

Williams, Lewis named Rookies of the Year


Kyle Lewis—CF, Mariners

Lewis overcame Luis Robert and Cristian Javier in the AL vote. The 25-year-old center fielder played in 58 games for the Mariners and became just the second rookie since 1969—joining the A’s Mark McGwire in 1987—to lead his team in batting average (.262), home runs (11), runs (37) and walks (34). His FanGraphs WAR (1.7), runs, walks and total bases (90) led all AL rookies, and he finished second in hits (54) and RBIs (28) and fourth in stolen bases (five)....


Devin Williams – RHP, Brewers

Williams edged fellow NL finalists Jake Cronenworth and Alec Bohm to become the rare reliever to achieve this honor. The last reliever in either league to win it was the Braves’ Craig Kimbrel in 2011, and the last non-closer to win it was the Reds’ Scott Williamson in 1999. Williams is just the third Brewer to win the award, joining Pat Listach in 1992 and Ryan Braun in 2007.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2020 at 08:42 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: November 09, 2020 at 10:06 PM (#5988015)
lead his team in batting average (.262)

Yeesh! And that was a short-season 262. One of you super-nerds can probably get the proper answer but I figured I'd start with the 68 Mets -- nope, their leader cleared 262 easy. Same with 67 and 66, the 62 Mets squeaked by. The expansion Pilots maybe but Tommy Davis at 271 in 494 PA, expanded with an 0-8 to get to 502 hangs on at 266. The 65 Astros (1st year of the Dome) had 3 guys clear 262.

And I'm pretty sure that wasn't the worst this year. The Cubs' leader was Heyward at 265 but he's 5 PA short of qualifying and drops below 262 if we hit him with a 0-5.
   2. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: November 09, 2020 at 10:39 PM (#5988020)
Votto led Reds qualified batters at .226 or .227.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: November 09, 2020 at 11:27 PM (#5988026)
the Marlins made the postseason this year, and their ERA leader was Italian hurler "Not Applicable" - accent on the last two vowels.

   4. SoSH U at work Posted: November 09, 2020 at 11:49 PM (#5988029)
the Marlins made the postseason this year, and their ERA leader was Italian hurler "Not Applicable" - accent on the last two vowels.

The Dodgers won the World Series and they didn't have a pitcher qualify for the ERA title, and they didn't even have a COVID-compressed schedule as an excuse the way the Marlins did.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: November 10, 2020 at 02:51 AM (#5988035)
Kind of a Dodger thing, they didn't have anybody qualify in 2018 either (Kershaw missed by an inning). Only Kershaw with 175 in 2017, Maeda with 175 in 2016. Consequence of their strategy of signing lots of good, fragile starters, figuring 5 will be healthy at a time, somebody in need of a rest might mysteriously develop an owie and even a 6-man rotation if they can't find a better excuse.

I assume it will be pretty common from now on with current starter usage. I mean, 5-5.5 innings per start, amazing their arms don't fall off.

I didn't realize the Reds BA had been that bad -- yet a 1-year park factor of 119. FFS in Reds' road games:

Reds 204/300/360, 3.6 R/G, 1 HR per 31 PA
Opps 215/307/332, 3.7 R/G, 1 HR per 62.5 PA

The main difference at home was the ISO (1 HR per 19 PA for Reds; 1 per 21 PA for opps)
   6. Rally Posted: November 10, 2020 at 08:43 AM (#5988040)
Jesse Winker and Shogo Akiyama each missed qualifying by 3 PA. So give Winker an 0 for 3 and he wins the Red's batting championship at .250 (actual .255).
   7. Rally Posted: November 10, 2020 at 08:45 AM (#5988041)
It is fitting that a team hitting that bad doesn't score a single run in their postseason series.
   8. DCA Posted: November 10, 2020 at 08:49 AM (#5988043)
I was just going to post the same as #6. Akiyama with 3 extra outs would have been .241 (actual .245), also ahead of Votto.

Still, it's pretty incredible. A team BA of .212, they scored as many runs as they gave up, and they made the playoffs. Only three players with any number of PA had an average of .250 or better (Tyler Stephenson .294 in 17 AB, Kyle Farmer .266 in 64 AB).
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2020 at 11:01 AM (#5988068)
Having not seen any Mariners games this year, I had no idea Kyle Lewis is African-American. This is the first time both ROYs are African-American since 1984 (Dwight Gooden and Alvin Davis).
   10. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: November 11, 2020 at 01:06 PM (#5988294)
I reject these results and plan to sue everyone involved in the National League season, voting, tabulation, and announcement. Mostly because I don't work with Devin Williams' cousin. Cronenworth 2020!

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