Prof: Well, it’s time for another breakdown of our breakdowns. Let’s see who my colleague and I picked for our Rookie of the Year candidates and our choice for winners.
Tyler Naquin, Gary Sanchez, and Michael Fulmer
My choice – Gary Sanchez
Corey Seager, Steven Matz, and Trevor Story
My choice – Corey Seager
American League: Gary Sanchez, Michael Fulmer, and Tyler Naquin
Scout’s Choice – Michael Fulmer
Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Aledmys Diaz, and Steven Matz
Scout’s choice – Trevor Story
Here’s how the BBWAA voted. Their candidates were:
National League – Corey Seager, Kenta Maeda, and Trea Turner.
American League – Michael Fulmer, Gary Sanchez, and Tyler Naquin.
Looks like Scout and I were both 1-2. He correctly chose the AL player and I correctly chose the NL player. Appropriate, though.
Scout: I am actually surprised that Michael Fulmer won this award, but it goes to show how much service time affects this award as I thought the Yankee would have it in the bag. It makes it really difficult to compare a guy who’s played just two months vs a guy who’s been up for 5. I am sort of surprised that my NL pick Trevor Story didn’t even make the final three. Kenta Maeda is an interesting choice, but I wonder if he didn’t get the nod here due to his team making the playoffs. I’m not really sure how I missed Trea Turner, as he really did deserve to finish in the top three here.
Manager of the Year awards will be announced tonight, but I have to wonder. How many people really care about that one?