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PostSubject: Galarraga takes fifth in AL ROY vote   Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:04 am

11/10/08 10:34 PM EST
Galarraga takes fifth in AL ROY vote
Tigers hurler recognized after strong debut campaign

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

DETROIT -- Tigers right-hander Armando Galarraga, who emerged from Minor League obscurity to lead the team in victories after a mid-April callup, was rewarded Monday with a fifth-place finish in American League Rookie of the Year balloting.

While Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was a unanimous winner and White Sox infielder Alexei Ramirez received the bulk of the second-place votes, Galarraga actually received more third-place votes than any other candidate. Nine of the 28 voters from the Baseball Writers Association of America put Galarraga third on their ballot. However, Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Royals infielder Mike Aviles beat him out with their share of second-place selections. Ellsbury and Aviles finished third and fourth, respectively.

Among the candidates that Galarraga beat out for a top-five spot were Twins rookies Denard Span and Nick Blackburn, Yankees fireballer Joba Chamberlain and A's relievers Joey Devine and Brad Ziegler.

Galarraga, acquired last February from the Rangers for Minor League outfielder Michael Hernandez, opened the season at Triple-A Toledo before earning his shot when a hyperextended right knee forced Dontrelle Willis onto the disabled list. From there, he became one of the most reliable starters the Tigers had and arguably the brightest story on a team that finished fifth in the AL Central.

"For him, outstanding," manager Jim Leyland summarized Galarraga's season near season's end. "For us, probably surprising. We didn't really expect that, to be honest with you, but he was outstanding."

While Galarraga won seven of his first nine decisions, the Tigers won 11 of his first 13 starts. He took a 12-4 record into late August before finishing with a 13-7 mark and 3.73 ERA. Among his highlights, he took a shutout bid into the ninth inning on May 28 against the Angels, and took a perfect game into the seventh inning in a July 23 win at Kansas City.

The victory total tied Galarraga for the Major League rookie lead with former Tigers prospect Jair Jurrjens, who also won 13 for Atlanta and finished third in National League Rookie of the Year balloting Monday. Galarraga's 126 strikeouts led all AL rookies and passed Justin Verlander's 124 strikeouts from 2006 to set a new standard for Tigers rookie right-handers.

Among all AL pitchers regardless of experience, Galarraga ranked second with a .226 opposing batting average and 7.66 hits allowed per nine innings, trailing only Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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PostSubject: Re: Galarraga takes fifth in AL ROY vote   Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:15 am

11/10/08 4:46 PM EST
Longoria, Soto are Rookies of the Year
Rays third baseman, Cubs catcher take home 2008 honors

By Tom Singer / MLB.com

Evan Longoria, the third baseman whose powerful bat keyed the Rays' remarkable turnaround season, and Cubs catcher Geovany Soto were named Monday the 2008 winners of their respective leagues' Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.

Longoria was the unanimous American League selection of the 28 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, for the 27 homers and 85 RBIs that followed his delayed addition to the Rays' lineup on April 12.

Longoria, also the only player named on all 28 ballots, and White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who drew 18 second-place votes and 59 total points, reigned over a deep influx of first-year players.

An unusually high number of 10 different rookies, half of them pitchers, attracted votes.

But none of them wowed voters like Longoria, the first unanimous AL winner since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997 (Albert Pujols took NL honors unanimously in 2001).

"This is so special. I appreciate every vote, and every writer who thought I was No. 1, " said Longoria, who spoke on a conference call from his California home and quickly set his sights on more.

"I know I had a great year, and if I can keep replicating it, I'll have a productive career," Longoria said. "But I know I have the ability to do a lot more. All I can do is prepare to the best of my ability. You can't control the results, only the preparation."

Soto was nearly as popular a choice in the NL, getting 31 of the 32 first-place votes after minding the critical defensive position for the Central Division champs while putting up 23 homers and 86 RBIs.

He was the only player named on each of the 32 ballots, his 31 firsts and one second resulting in a total of 158 points. Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto finished second with 76 points and was followed by Atlanta pitcher Jair Jurrjens (34).

"I feel very honored," said Soto, speaking from his homeland of Puerto Rico, calling the moment he learned he'd won the award "very emotional. It was a very good moment in my life.

"I worked really, really hard. And now I feel all the work paid off."

The Reds had the distinction of placing three young talents among the top five, with right-hander Edinson Volquez and outfielder Jay Bruce following Jurrjens.

Volquez's presence on that list is definitely unique: No longer a rookie, the pitcher was mistakenly placed on the ballot and received three votes for second, thus there was an obligation to include him in the final results.

2008 NL Rookie of the Year Voting
Player, Club 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Geovany Soto, CHC 31 1 - 158
Joey Votto, CIN 1 21 8 76
Jair Jurrjens, ATL - 6 16 34
Edinson Volquez, CIN* - 3 - 9
Jay Bruce, CIN - - 7 7
Kosuke Fukudome, CHC - 1 1 4
* Volquez received votes despite being ineligible as a rookie.

Longoria, the first Rookie of the Year in Tampa Bay's 11-season history, also became the first third baseman to earn the award in the AL since his current Tampa Bay teammate Eric Hinske -- who played that position for Toronto in earning honors in 2002.

Ironically, Longoria identified Hinske and Cliff Floyd as the two veteran teammates on whose advice he depended while making the challenging transition to the Majors.

"I tried not to show it, but I was in awe most of the time," said Longoria, who cracked the Rays' lineup 22 months after having been the team's No. 1 pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. "I knew staying in the big leagues is a lot harder than getting there, and I constantly talked to Cliff and Hinske about handling certain situations."

Soto is the first Cub honored with the award since pitcher Kerry Wood in 1998, and the first catcher in the NL since the Dodgers' Mike Piazza in 1993.

"I had a huge responsibility with the pitchers," Soto conceded. "Day in and day out, I just prepared the best I could. It was a rollercoaster all season, and everything just happened for the best."

The rookie award caps off a remarkable year for the 25-year-old Puerto Rican native, four months after he'd been elected by fans as the first rookie catcher to start in an All-Star Game.

Soto's power numbers were 47-year highs for Cubs rookies. Billy Williams hit 25 homers and drove in 86 runs while also earning NL Rookie of the Year honors in 1961.

Soto gave heartfelt props to teammate Henry Blanco, thanking the veteran catcher for being "in my corner, like a big brother."

"I owe him a lot of my success," Soto said. "It was huge having him on my side."

2008 AL Rookie of the Year Voting
Player, Club 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Evan Longoria, TB 28 - - 140
Alexei Ramirez, CWS - 18 5 59
Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS - 7 5 26
Mike Aviles, KC - 2 3 9
Armando Galarraga, DET - - 9 9
Joey Devine, OAK - 1 - 3
Denard Span, MIN - - 3 3
Nick Blackburn, MIN - - 1 1
Joba Chamberlain, NYY - - 1 1
Brad Ziegler, OAK - - 1 1

There were premature ends to the storybook seasons of the first set of Rookies of the Year to play in the postseason since 2001, when Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki appeared with the Cardinals and Mariners, respectively.

Longoria's Rays dropped the World Series in five games to the Phillies, while Soto's Cubs couldn't survive a Division Series meeting with the Dodgers.

"I want to get a ring. That's why you go to Spring Training, to ultimately win it all," said Soto, not short of further motivation. "I want to work harder, to have a better season and help my team win again, then go deeper into October."

Longoria's aspirations are more basic following his second full professional season during which he played 129 games (including the first seven in Triple-A), but missed 30 others with a fractured right wrist after being hit by a pitch in early August.

"My No. 1 goal is to get myself ready and healthy for 162 games next year," Longoria said. "I want to play every day. If I do that, I know everything else will fall in place."

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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PostSubject: Re: Galarraga takes fifth in AL ROY vote   Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:24 am

Rookie of the Year winners

American League
YearPlayerTeam
2008Evan LongoriaTampa Bay
2007Dustin PedroiaBoston
2006Justin VerlanderDetroit
2005Huston StreetOakland
2004Bobby CrosbyOakland
2003Angel BerroaKansas City
2002Eric HinskeToronto
2001Ichiro SuzukiSeattle
2000Kazuhiro SasakiSeattle
1999Carlos BeltranKansas City
1998Ben GrieveOakland
1997Nomar GarciaparraBoston
1996Derek JeterNew York
1995Marty CordovaMinnesota
1994Bob HamelinKansas City
1993Tim SalmonCalifornia
1992Pat ListachMilwaukee
1991Chuck KnoblauchMinnesota
1990Sandy Alomar, Jr.Cleveland
1989Gregg OlsonBaltimore
1988Walt WeissOakland
1987Mark McGwireOakland
1986Jose CansecoOakland
1985Ozzie GuillenChicago
1984Alvin DavisSeattle
1983Ron KittleChicago
1982Cal Ripken, Jr.Baltimore
1981Dave RighettiNew York
1980Joe CharboneauCleveland
1979John Castino
Alfredo Griffin
Minnesota
Toronto
1978Lou WhitakerDetroit
1977Eddie MurrayBaltimore
1976Mark FidrychDetroit
1975Fred LynnBoston
1974Mike HargroveTexas
1973Al BumbryBaltimore
1972Carlton FiskBoston
1971Chris ChamblissCleveland
1970Thurman MunsonNew York
1969Lou PiniellaKansas City
1968Stan BahnsenNew York
1967Rod CarewMinnesota
1966Tommie AgeeChicago
1965Curt BlefaryBaltimore
1964Tony OlivaMinnesota
1963Gary PetersChicago
1962Tom TreshNew York
1961Don SchwallBoston
1960Ron HansenBaltimore
1959Bob AllisonWashington
1958Albie PearsonWashington
1957Tony KubekNew York
1956Luis AparicioChicago
1955Herb ScoreCleveland
1954Bob GrimNew York
1953Harvey KuennDetroit
1952Harry ByrdPhiladelphia A's
1951Gil McDougaldNew York
1950Walt DropoBoston
1949Roy SieversSt. Louis Browns
National League
YearPlayerTeam
2008Geovany SotoChicago
2007Ryan BraunMilwaukee
2006Hanley RamirezFlorida
2005Ryan HowardPhiladelphia
2004Jason BayPittsburgh
2003Dontrelle WillisFlorida
2002Jason JenningsColorado
2001Albert PujolsSt. Louis
2000Rafael FurcalAtlanta
1999Scott WilliamsonCincinnati
1998Kerry WoodChicago
1997Scott RolenPhiladelphia
1996Todd HollandsworthLos Angeles
1995Hideo NomoLos Angeles
1994Raul MondesiLos Angeles
1993Mike PiazzaLos Angeles
1992Eric Karros Los Angeles
1991Jeff BagwellHouston
1990Dave JusticeAtlanta
1989Jerome WaltonChicago
1988Chris SaboCincinnati
1987Benito SantiagoSan Diego
1986Todd WorrellSt. Louis
1985Vince ColemanSt. Louis
1984Dwight GoodenNew York
1983Darryl StrawberryNew York
1982Steve SaxLos Angeles
1981Fernando ValenzuelaLos Angeles
1980Steve HoweLos Angeles
1979Rick SutcliffeLos Angeles
1978Bob HornerAtlanta
1977Andre DawsonMontreal
1976Butch Metzger
Pat Zachry
San Diego
Cincinnati
1975John MontefuscoSan Francisco
1974Bake McBrideSt. Louis
1973Gary MatthewsSan Francisco
1972Jon MatlackNew York
1971Earl WilliamsAtlanta
1970Carl MortonMontreal
1969Ted SizemoreLos Angeles
1968Johnny BenchCincinnati
1967Tom SeaverNew York
1966Tommy HelmsCincinnati
1965Jim LefebvreLos Angeles
1964Richie AllenPhiladelphia
1963Pete RoseCincinnati
1962Ken HubbsChicago
1961Billy WilliamsChicago
1960Frank HowardLos Angeles
1959Willie McCoveySan Francisco
1958Orlando CepedaSan Francisco
1957Jack SanfordPhiladelphia
1956Frank RobinsonCincinnati
1955Bill VirdonSt. Louis
1954Wally MoonSt. Louis
1953Jim GilliamBrooklyn
1952Joe BlackBrooklyn
1951Willie MaysNew York Giants
1950Sam JethroeBoston
1949Don NewcombeBrooklyn


One award for both leagues
YearPlayerTeam
1948Alvin DarkBoston (NL)
1947Jackie RobinsonBrooklyn (NL)

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PostSubject: Re: Galarraga takes fifth in AL ROY vote   Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:21 pm

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