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If the game is 90 percent pitching…

Oct 26, 2009, 4:12 PM EDT

How is .270 with 14 homers and 63 RBI more valuable than 13-6 with a 3.94 ERA or 6-3 with 26 saves and a 1.84 ERA?
I don’t even want to get into the more complicated statistics, because the voters clearly aren’t. But Gordon Beckham has now won AL top rookie honors from The Sporting News and the Players Choice Awards.
Of course, both are voted on by players, so Beckham wasn’t likely to win one and not the other.
I just don’t see how he deserved to win either.
Beckham is going to be a very good regular for a long time, but he didn’t truly set himself apart offensively or defensively this year. His counting stats are completely unremarkable, and an 808 OPS over the course of 103 games isn’t what one expects to see from a serious Rookie of the Year contender.
Niemann was certainly more valuable with his 180 2/3 innings of above average pitching. Bailey was arguably the game’s most valuable reliever. He finished fourth in baseball in relief innings pitched, and he was fourth in ERA and first in WHIP amongst relievers with 60 innings pitched.
I’d also put Elvis Andrus above Beckham with his .267/.329/.373 line in 480 at-bats and his impressive defense at shortstop, but that’s a closer call. Bailey is the rookie most deserving of all of this hardware. He’s not going to have the same kind of career of Beckham, but he was the most effective player this year.

  1. JL - Oct 26, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Apparently JEFF Niemann isn’t important enough for the Daily Herald to get his name right. I guess he’s lucky they didn’t refer to him as “some fellow.”
    Major League players must possess the amazing ability of foresight in addition to incredible baseball skills, since they obviously voted in favor of future potential rather than actual performance.

  2. Tacklebox - Oct 26, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Sportswriters opinion’s are necessarily better than the players themself.

  3. ecp - Oct 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    “both are voted on by players, so Beckham wasn’t likely to win one and not the other”
    The Sporting News award isn’t voted on by players, but by the general managers.

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