SBN Awards: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper tabbed as rookies of the year

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

On the first day of awards announcements from SB Nation's baseball writers, there were few surprises at the top.

Near the end of the regular season, Big Al, SB Nation's baseball writers and I all got together (virtually, anyway) to cast our votes for end-of-season awards. We'll be announcing them this week, just as the Baseball Writers Association will be announcing its awards.

As you'd expect, Mike Trout easily earned the AL award. He ran away with it, picking up every voter's first-place tally. His stats were, oh hell, they were good. I don't need to look them up. He ran, he caught things, he hit the ball, you know the deal.

The preseason favorite for the award, Yu Darvish, won the non-Trout portion of the ballot, earning 16 second-place votes. Yoenis Cespedes came in third.

AL Award

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels 26 130
Yu Darvish Texas Rangers 16 7 55
Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics 9 10 37
Jarrod Parker Oakland Athletics 1 6 9
Jesus Montero Seattle Mariners 1 1
Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays 1 1
Wei-Yin Chen Baltimore Orioles 1 1


The NL side of the equation was only slightly more fun, as preseason-favorite Bryce Harper easily won. Wade Miley of the Diamondbacks was the only player even close, picking up eight first-place votes and 21 second. Todd Frazier of the Reds finished third.

Also looking over this list reminds me that I really didn't pay much attention to the NL this year. Who are these guys?!

NL Award

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Bryce Harper Washington Nationals 26 9 157
Wade Miley Arizona Diamondbacks 8 21 5 108
Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds 1 4 9 26
Norichika Aoki Milwaukee Brewers 14 14
Zack Cozart Cincinnati Reds 1 2 5
Andrelton Simmons Atlanta Braves 1 1
Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs 1 1
Lucas Harrell Houston Astros 1 1
Mike Fiers Milwaukee Brewers 1 1
Yasmani Grandal San Diego Padres 1 1

SBN voters also picked Cy Young and MVP winners. Awards results will continue to be announced throughout the week. If I'm feeling ever-so-kind I'll write my pick for AL manager of the year sometime, too.

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