Elvis Andrus Vs. The AL: Making My Case For The 2009 Rookie

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Elvis Andrus Vs. The AL: Making My Case For The 2009 Rookie
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To start off I know that I probably should have written this last year, not after the 2010 season already started, but I'm writing it anyway.

Last year, Andrew Bailey robbed Elvis Andrus of the Rookie of the Year award, and Derek Jeter robbed Elvis of the Gold Glove award.

As big of a Texas Rangers fan as I am, you could imagine that it made me pretty mad to see Elvis not win both of those awards.

Lets look at the Gold Glove award first.

Do I think Jeter was the best defensive shortstop in the American League? No, not at all. But I think that Jeter had a pretty good defensive year.

The best defensive shortstop in the AL in my view was (of course) Elvis Andrus. He had great defensive numbers and if you watched him play a couple of times, chances are you saw him make a dazzling play on defense.

Elvis could have won the Gold Glove but I suppose since he was just a rookie, and he did make 22 errors, and you can sort of understand why the managers and coaches went with Jeter.

But was it just because Elvis was a rookie? Maybe not. They way I originally saw it was that maybe Elvis didn't win because he's a Ranger, and Jeter is a Yankee.

The Yankees get all the publicity and they play in New York. The Rangers, on the other hand, get hardly any publicity and play in Arlington.

If Elvis was a Yankee, a Red Sock, or even a Ray, would he have won the award? Maybe he would have.

Now I'm on to the Rookie of the Year Award.

The three probably candidates for this award were Rick Porcello, Elvis Andrus, and (the winner) Andrew Bailey. Although I can't compare Elvis to Porcello and Bailey, bexause of position,  I will look at their stats anyway.

Rick Porcello

G

IP

H

HR

BB

K

W-L

ERA

WHIP

31

170.2

176

23

52

89

14-9

3.96

1.34

Andrew Bailey 

G

IP

H

HR

BB

K

W-L

SV

ERA

68

83.1

49

5

24

91

6-3

26

1.84

Elvis Andrus 

G

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BA

OBP

SLG

145

480

72

128

6

40

.267

.329

.373

 

Porcello led all MLB rookies in wins with 14, and played a better second half than he did in his first (6-3, 3.77 ERA in second half). Quite good for a rookie.

Bailey was first in batting average against opponents (.167), second to only Mariano Rivera in ERA (1.84), and finished the year with 21 straight saves. That's pretty impressive.

Andrus was arguably one of the AL's best defensive shortstops, as I talked about before, and kept improving at the plate, hitting .280 with a .702 OPS in the second half. That's also pretty impressive.

Elvis did have very good stats for a rookie, and came very close to winning two awards his rookie season and in my opinion should have had both awards.

 

What do you think?

Please comment and thanks for reading!

 

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