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11/5/07 And the SBN Awards for NL and AL Rookies Of The Year Go To...

     I tried, for the better part of an hour, to post the tables which one of the other bloggers here at Sports Blogs Nation graciously and selflessly provided to better show the results of the votes which the baseball bloggers at the SB Nation cast to decide who the collective "we" thought should be awarded the NL and AL Rookies of the Year Awards, but as I'm sure you can guess at the end of this first paragraph, my complete lack of skills has resulted in my simply discussing the results in print sans visual aid...

     The writers of the SB Nation awarded the NL Rookie of the Year Award to...

RYAN BRAUN 3B - Milwaukee Brewers.

     Apparently voters were able to overlook Braun's 26 errors in the field, which is understandable when you take a peek at his offensive stats...

Ryan Braun - .324 AVG, 146 hits in 451 at bats, 26 doubles, 6 triples, 34 HR's and 97 RBI's, 112 K's, 29 walks, and 15 stolen bases in 113 games.

     Finishing second and third in the NL Voting were Colorado's shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Houston's center fielder Hunter Pence.

     Braun, the Brewers First Round Pick in 2005 (5th overall) worked is way up from Rookie Ball in the Milwaukee system after being drafted out of the University of Miami(Florida), and took over the starting spot at third after just 199 games in the Minors, in which he collected 42 HR's and 144 RBI's. With Braun just 23 now, and Prince Fielder, just 23 as well, the Brewers are all set with power at the corners for at least a few years...

     The writers of the SB Nation awarded the AL Rookie of the Year Award to...

DUSTIN PEDROIA 2B - Boston Red Sox.

     This one was a landslide. The only rookie to outshine Pedroia this season was his teammate Jacoby Ellsbury, who stormed the Playoffs and helped the Sawcks walk away with their second World Series Championship of the decade.

     Pedroia hit .317 on the season, hit 39 doubles, 1 triple and 8 HR's with 50 RBI's, 47 walks, 7 steals and 165 hits in 520 at bats. Starting at second all season for the AL East Champs doesn't hurt, but their's really no arguing with this selection, though 1 vote was cast for Jeremy Guthrie and two for Brian Bannister, so I guess someone did find a way to argue.

*Personal Note*

The same lack of skills that kept me from posting the tables here kept me from voting in time for these awards. But, I was never one to buy into the whole, "If you don't vote you have no right to comment" philosophy, so I will continue to present and comment on the results all week, stay tuned...

COMING UP NEXT...AL and NL Manager's of the Year...(as voted on by the SB Nation's Baseball Writers.)