With 2 games left to go in the 2009 Regular baseball season, the Texas Rangers are playing soley for pride, and pride alone.
With the clinch of 2nd place in the A.L. West division on the 2nd of October, the games on the 3rd, and 4th dont mean a whole lot. Except playing for awards.
The Rookie of the year award would probably be a dissapointment if Rangers Shortstop Elvis Andrus did not receive the award. Elvis participated in 143 games thus far, with a .269 Avg. He has 39 R.B.I's, with 127 hits. The question is if he can beat out 3rd baseman Gordon Beckham from the Chicago Whitesox organization.
Beckham has played in 101 of the games in the 2009 season so far. He has posted a .272 batting Avg, with 63 R.B.I. and 101 hits. Although batting stats could go either way the fielding is also a prime factor in the discussion for Rookie Of The Year for the American League.
Andrus continually put fans at there feet with his defensive play-making skills at the Shortstop posistion. He had an uncountable amount of diving catches, or diving stops to turn around and gun across the diamond to get the play at 1st. He is a very young player with a love for the game. He is a prime candidate to receive the Rookie Of The year Award for the 2009 season.
It will be a tough call for the league to make none the less. Whether it is Shortstop Elvis Andrus from the Rangers, Gordon Beckham from the Whitesox, OF Brett Gardner from the Yanks, or OF Nolan Reimold from the Orioles.
All are Rookies worthy of the award, anyone of them could get it, the decision will be respected no matter the player.