Handing Out the Hardware, Part III: A.L. Rookie of the Year
It’s time for Part III, the American League Rookie of the Year. This one wasn’t tough at all to figure out, but I do feel obligated to give more than just the winner in this case.
The honorable mentions will follow the winner, who happens to be:
Evan Longoria 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
Longoria is having a great rookie campaign. He leads all major-league rookies in home runs with 22 and is third in runs batted in with 71. Let’s not forget his respectable .278 batting average, and the fact that he didn’t start at the major-league level until two weeks after the season opened. Since then, he has become a force in the middle of the surprising Rays lineup.
David Murphy OF, Texas Rangers
Murphy was acquired in the Eric Gagne trade at the 2007 trade deadline. He has jumped onto the major-league scene with 74 RBI and 15 home runs. He has almost 30 doubles and a respectable .275 average.
Alexei Ramirez 2B/SS, Chicago White Sox
Ramirez was the major killer in the 2006 World Baseball Classic for Cuba. He defected to the United States over the winter, and the White Sox took a chance. Boy, are they happy they did.
Ramirez has emerged as a threat in the bottom part of the White Sox order and has played a quality defense up the middle for the White Sox. He’s batting .301 with 16 home runs and 64 RBI.
Ok, so that was short and sweet, but straight to the point. The National League Rookie of the Year award is coming later today.
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