Hello, everyone! It’s the main event: Manager and Rookie of the Year! Everyone’s FAVORITE! Seriously, interesting choices abound on the four ballots we’ll be considering. More after the jump.
This was actually a really great year for rookies! There weren’t necessarily Acuna–Soto level players like last year, but there was such a huge number of second-tier rookies that I think, to save space, I’m just going to list their name, team, games played, batting slash, and one other little fact (for the pitchers, it’ll be innings, ERA/FIP, strikeouts, and one other little fact). Or, something like that. Anyway, here are some of the candidates, as Doug and I see them (unless noted otherwise, references below to “rookie seasons” are for 250 PA or 100 IP minimums).
- Yordan Alvarez, HOU – 87 G, .313/.412/.655, 27 HR (second rookie, after Trevor Story, with 25 HR in fewer than 100 games)
- Bo Bichette, TOR – 46 G, .311/.358/.571, 144 OPS+ (better than Dad‘s best season)
- Vladimir Guerrero, TOR – 123 G, .272/.339/.433, .089 walk rate (better than Dad‘s career mark)
- Cavan Biggio, TOR – 100 G, .234/.364/.429, 0 GDP (like Dad in ’97) and 0 CS (first 0-0 season of 300+ PA)
- Luis Arraez, MIN – 92 G, .334/.399/.439, .334 BA (led MLB rookies)
- Eloy Jimenez, CHW – 122 G, .267/.315/.513, 31 HR (led AL rookies)
- Brandon Lowe, TBR – 82 G, .270/.336/.514, .850 OPS (AL rookie record for second basemen) and 124 OPS+ (best by AL rookie second baseman since Del Pratt in 1912)
- John Means, BAL – 155.0 IP, 3.60/4.41, 121, winning record (12-11) for the Orioles
- Spencer Turnbull, DET – 148.1 IP, 4.61/3.99, 146, 0.8 HR/9 (3rd in AL, min. 140 IP)
- Zach Plesac, CLE – 115.2 IP, 3.81/4.94, 88, 3.1 BB/9 (better than Uncle‘s career mark)
- If you’re wondering about Mike Tauchman, NYY, 87 G, .277/.361/.504, 1.4 dWAR (most by any Yankee slugging .500 in fewer than 100 games), he is not eligible to receive your vote as MLB has determined that he was no longer a rookie in 2019 (despite only 69 career PA before this season).
- Mike Soroka, ATL – 174.2 IP, 2.68/3.45, 142, 0.7 HR/9 (led NL)
- Sandy Alcantara, MIA – 197.1 IP, 3.88/4.55, 151, 2 SHO (led MLB)
- Dakota Hudson, STL – 174.2 IP, 3.35/4.93, 136, 16 wins (3rd in NL, led MLB rookies)
- Chris Paddack, SDP – 140.2 IP, 3.33/3.95, 153, 2.0 BB/9 (led MLB rookies)
- Tommy Edman, STL – 92 G, .304/.350/.500, 15 SB (most by Cardinal rookie slugging .500)
- Pete Alonso, NYM – 161 G, .260/.358/.583, 53 HR (rookie and franchise record, and MLB-leading total)
- Keston Hiura, MIL – 84 G, .303/.368/.570, .938 OPS (MLB rookie record for second basemen) and 138 OPS+ (best by rookie second baseman since Jim Viox in 1913)
- Fernando Tatis Jr., SDP – 84 G, .317/.379/.590, 152 OPS+ (better than Dad‘s best season)
- Victor Robles, WSN – 155 G, .255/.326/.419, 28 SB (led MLB rookies)
- Bryan Reynolds, PIT – 134 G, .314/.377/.503, 37 2B (most by NL rookie outfielder since Warren Cromartie in 1977)
- Mike Yastrzemski, SFG – 107 G, .272/.334/.518, 21 HR (SLG better than Grandpa‘s at age 28)
- Kevin Newman, PIT – 130 G, .308/.353/.446, first rookie Pirate shortstop since Arky Vaughan (1932) with qualified .300 BA
- Christian Walker, ARI – 152 G, .259/.348/.476, 29 HR/67 BB, with Pete Alonso, became 19th and 20th rookies with 25 HR and 65 BB; since RoY Award was introduced in 1947, 13 of 16 such rookies (not incl. 2019) finished in top 3 in RoY vote, incl. 9 RoY winners
- As with Tauchman, Giovanny Gallegos (STL – 74.0, 2.31/3.05, 93, 0.811 WHIP) is not considered a rookie by MLB, despite only 31.1 IP before 2019.
- Aaron Boone – More injuries than anyone & no starting pitching… yet still won 103 games.
- Rocco Baldelli – First-year manager gets breakthrough seasons from most of the Twins young’ns for just the second 100-win team in Twins/Senators history
- Kevin Cash – In year of the home run, skippered 96 win season for team with only one 25 HR man (but an AL-leading 15 position players with 50 games)
- Terry Francona – Nearly made playoffs despite below-expectation performances by most players
- AJ Hinch – Third-straight 100+ win season, league-high 107 W’s
- Bob Melvin – On 6/16, his A’s were one game over .500 with only a 5.2% chance of making playoffs, but finished 56-33 for a second straight wildcard berth
- Brian Snitker – Braves get there a year early; predicted to finish in lower half of division, but instead fashioned NL’s 2nd-best record
- Dave Martinez – Harper-less Nationals go 69-36 over final 105 games to hold off Mets and Phils, and make playoffs
- Torey Lovullo – D’Backs punt on season by trading Greinke, yet still win 85
- Dave Roberts – 106 Wins, 4th-straight NL West crown
- David Bell – I’m not saying the Reds were good… but they went 75-87, which isn’t half bad
- Mickey Callaway – I didn’t see the Mets competing for the playoffs. Did you?
- Craig Counsell – Third-straight winning season for third time in team history (1978-83, 1987-89 being the others). Brewers outscored opponents by 3 runs yet finished 16 games over .500 (very lucky, or perhaps it was shrewd management?)
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