Ranking the MLB Top 15 Rookie of the Year Seasons Since 1980

FRANKCorrespondent IIMay 4, 2009

Ranking the MLB Top 15 Rookie of the Year Seasons Since 1980

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    SYDNEY, NSW - OCTOBER 14:  Drew Mitchell of the Wallabies gives his acceptance speech after being awarded the Rookie Of The Year award during the John Eales Medal dinner held at the Horden Pavillion October 14, 2005 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Chris

No. 15: Alvin Davis (Seattle Mariners)

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No. 14: Hanley Ramirez (Florida Marlins)

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    MIAMI - JUNE 07:  Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins strikes out in the second inning against theCincinnati Reds at Dolphin Stadium June 7, 2008 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

No. 13: Carlos Beltran (Kansas City Royals)

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 24:  Outfielder Carlos Beltran #15 of the Kansas City Royals swings at a Detroit Tigers pitch during the game at Kauffman Stadium on June 24, 2004 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Tigers won 12-3. (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)

No. 12: Nomar Garciaparra (Boston Red Sox)

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    14 Mar 2000: Nomar Garciaparra #5 of the Boston Red Sox looks on holding a bat during the Spring Training Game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida.

No. 11: Todd Worrell (St. Louis Cardinals)

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No. 10: Kerry Wood (Chicago Cubs)

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    DENVER - AUGUST 19:  Kerry Wood #34 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during the game with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 19, 2005 in Denver, Colorado.  The Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

No. 9: Hideo Nomo (Los Angeles Dodgers)

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    30 May 1998:  Hideo Nomo #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers defeated the Reds 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport

No. 8: Vince Coleman (St. Louis Cardinals)

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    SAN DIEGO - 1985:  Vince Coleman #29 of the St. Louis Cardinals runs between bases during a game against the San Diego Padres in 1985 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

No. 7: Gregg Olson (Baltimore Orioles)

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No. 6: Mike Piazza (Los Angeles Dodgers)

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    23 Apr 1997:  Mike Piazza of the Los Angeles Dodgers blows a bubble while running to first base during the Dodgers 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch  /Allsport

No. 5: Mark McGwire (Oakland A's)

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    OAKLAND, CA - 1990:  Jose Canseco #33 and Mark McGwire #25 of the Oakland Athletics celebrate during a 1990 MLB season game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

No. 4: Fernando Valenzuela (Los Angeles Dodgers)

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    FERNANDO VALENZUELA PITCHES FOR THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS DURING THEIR GAME AGAINST THE HOUSTON ASTROS AT DODGER STADIUM IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. MANDATORY CREDIT: MIKE POWELL/ALLSPORT

No. 3: Dwight Gooden (New York Mets)

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    Pitcher Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets in action during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York.

No. 2: Albert Pujols

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    30 Jun 2001:  Infielder Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals waits for the pitch during the National League game against the San Francisco Giants at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California.  The Giants defeated the Cardinals 5-2.  Mandatory

No. 1: Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners)

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    8 Apr 2001:  Seattle Mariners #51 Ichiro Suzuki sticks his bat out before taking a pitch against the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez/ALLSPORT
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