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Jose Fernandez wins National League Rookie of the Year Award

Nov 11, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

Jose Fernandez AP AP

Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez was announced as the winner of the National League Rookie of the Year Award by the BBWAA this evening, beating out finalists Yasiel Puig and Shelby Miller. Fernandez received 26 out of 30 first-place votes while Puig received the other four.

Fernandez becomes the first Cuban-born player to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Tony Oliva won the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1964 as a member of the Twins.

The National League produced an impressive crop of rookies this season — and the vote likely would have been much closer if Puig was around for the entire season — but Fernandez was the best of the bunch. While the Marlins surprised many around the game by including him on their Opening Day roster despite no experience above High-A, he quickly established himself as a legitimate ace, finishing second in the majors (behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw) with a 2.19 ERA to go along with a 187/58 K/BB ratio over 172 2/3 innings. He ranked first in the majors with a .182 batting average against while his 9.75 K/9 was second-highest in the National League behind the Pirates’ A.J. Burnett.

Fernandez got better as he adjusted to major league lineups, putting up a 1.50 ERA over 18 starts after June 1. Nobody was better in that time. He also thrived at the spacious Marlins Ballpark, going a perfect 9-0 with a 1.19 ERA. And given the lack of offense from the Marlins this past season, that’s pretty impressive. His ERA was the lowest by a rookie since Dave Righetti (1981) and the lowest by a pitcher in his age-20 season since Dwight Gooden (1985). As a result of his historic rookie campaign, Fernandez is a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award, which will be announced on Wednesday. While Kershaw is considered a near-lock for the award, Fernandez should be a serious threat in future seasons if his health cooperates.

Complete voting results for the National League Rookie of the Year Award can be found at

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Jeff Loria just popped the biggest moneyboner of his career.

  2. phillysports1 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I’m happy for him his numbers were out of this world for a rookie playing for the marlins . But can anyone agree that dodgers would of missed playoffs if puig was never called up ???

    • apkyletexas - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Fernandez won because he didn’t overthrow home plate quite as often as Yasiel.

    • jwbiii - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      The wording of your comment makes it difficult for me to understand your point. The Dodgers won their division by 11 games. Are you suggesting that the Dodgers’ alternatives to Puig, say Scott Van Slyke, would have been 11.5 games worse than Puig?

  3. peddealer - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Another one of my clients gets another major award.

    A. Bosch

  4. johnnysoda - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    26-4? I figured it would’ve been a little closer than that, especially when one considers how much of a spark plug Puig was for the Dodgers.

  5. baseballisboring - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    I’m surprised it was such a landslide in the NL, I would’ve thought it’d be much closer between him and Puig. I’d have picked Fernandez though. Gotta give the Marlins credit for calling him up so young, he certainly was ready.

  6. Stiller43 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    This isnt a MVP award judging who helped his team most respectfully.

    This is “who was the best rookie player.”

  7. steelers88 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    He deserves it.

  8. ronaldjones - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Such a joke. Puig was not only the better individual player but actually made a real difference in turning a bottom feeder into a contender. The 26-4 margin is really laughable.

    Irony: The bitter, moralizing BBWAA crew, in trying to punish Puig for his “character flaws”, picked a guy who literally spat at the feet of another player this season.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      It’s really not a joke at all. You can quibble as to which player is better — I would’ve had zero complaint with Puig winning — but it is totally ridiculous to insinuate Fernandez won because of some BBWAA agenda rather than because he had a fantastic season deserving of such an honor. The writers do some indefensible things when they vote on stuff, but this isn’t one of them.

    • flavadave10 - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Puig is really good, but come on man. Fernandez is a finalist for the NL Cy Young. As a rookie. Rookie of the year isn’t about who’s more valuable, it’s about who had the more impressive rookie season. Hard to argue that Fernandez didn’t.

  9. yahmule - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Congratulations to Jose. He siglehandedly made that chicken outfit worth watching once every five days and that’s really saying something.

    Dodger management took Puig out of the ROY race by waiting two months to put him into it. Anybody with a beef should take it to them.

  10. socalskinsfan21 - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Cue the whiny Doyers fans in 3….2….1

    Congrats Jose, you EARNED this award.

  11. Old Gator - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Good for El Keed. It’s funny how the glitz machine can construct a “hero” out of a ballplayer, but it’s rare that a genuine hero steps up and fills out the role. That award after his long, dangerous journey from Cuba to the major leagues was earned on a lot of levels.

    The day when Scrooge McLoria chokes on his first arbitration award isn’t really all that far off. I guess we’ll just have to enjoy him while we have him.

    • Anoesis - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Yeah, my first thought upon hearing this was how soon Loria trades him so he won’t have to pay him.

  12. rcali - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Loria can now trade him even faster and got at least two more PTBNL’s!

  13. spacemaker101 - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Wish Puig wouldn’t of even got 4 votes

    • Anoesis - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      Wish your owner hadn’t hooked you up to the ‘net. Go back to making coffee.

  14. losanginsight - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    It’s good to see our farm system is working.
    -Dodgers ownership

    • drewzducks - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      …yes it is.

      -Red Sox ownership

  15. Anoesis - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Well earned considering the owner and supporting cast.

  16. losanginsight - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    You can pencil in Tanaka as next year’s ROY with the Dodgers.. Have the test results came back to taint another world series for the sox?

    • raysfan1 - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Yes, and no Dodgers have ever been implicated in PED scandals or written about in the Mitchell Report (*cough* Eric Gange, Paul LoDuca, Kevin Brown *cough*).

    • drewzducks - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Still waiting for those results to “came back”. The only player who was suspended for a positive p.e. test from the W.S. championship teams was Manny. But the funny thing is that we was traded from Boston in July 2008, but didn’t test positive until May of 2009, nearly 10 months into his tenure as a member of Frank McCourt’s beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. How’s that investigation of the Dodgers Dream Foundation going ? Financial and moral bankruptcy is no way to go through life.

      To the victor goes the spoils, to the Dodgers go the spoiled. Enjoy Crawford and Beckett. At least they’re in the capable hands of the John Gibbons of the N.L.., Donny Baseball.

  17. phillysports1 - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Puig was a better rookie !!!! Five tool player , he went out there every game for L.A not every 5th day. He turn singles into doubles , doubles into triples , players literally didn’t run on his arm ! Dodgers were I think 69-32 since he join team !!! Come on !

    • yahmule - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      I love Yasiel, but for all those good things you mentioned, he also ran into a lot of outs and guys took extra bases on some of his ill-advised throws.

      Have you actually examined the merits of Fernandez’ achievements this year? Do you know many starting pitchers allowed fewer than 5.8 hits per nine innings last year? Their names are listed below.

  18. stex52 - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Did you see Brian McCann out there trying to block the announcement? The BBWA wasn’t doing it the right way. :-)

    • yahmule - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      The very idea of an award being handed out to a rookie steams his clams.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      I think Chris Johnson spit right in front of the award before JFer could get near it, and Gattis is just going to stare at him for an uncomfortably long period of time.

  19. spacemaker101 - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Gattis should of won

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