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  • October 15th, 2009

    BBA Ballot:
    Rookie of the Year

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:48 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts No Comments

    Part of Boston Red Thoughts membership in the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) is voting on the postseason hardware, such as Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP.

    4 Sox blogs make up the “Red Sox Chapter” of the BBA: Boston Red Thoughts, Derek over at Inside The Monster, Allan over at The Joy of Sox, and newest member Rob from The Bottom Line.

    Derek and I have voted for Rookie of the Year, and if I thought Manager of the Year was tough, Holy Buckets! In 2007 it was easy: Dustin Pedroia. Even last year in 2008 it was easy: Eva(n) Longoria. But this year the Rookie pool was much shallower, and the choices were much less clear….

    That being said, here are my selections for ROY:

    1.  Andrew Bailey, Closer, Oakland Athletics: With 29 saves in 68 appearances, a 6-3 record, and 1.84 ERA, Bailey certainly makes the A’s forget all about Huston Street–and the fact that he is only 25 means he will probably only get better…

    2.  Matt Wieters, Catcher, Baltimore Orioles: Red Sox fans know all too well the impact a good catcher can have on a pitching staff (.991 fielding, and caught almost 25% of the would be base stealers), and we also know the impact a good hitting catcher can have on the offense. Matt Wieters, with his .288 average and 9 homers in 86 games seems to is the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, he plays for one of the worst teams in baseball…Fortunately, he is only 23, so there is still time for him to stick somewhere better…

    3.  Rick Porcello, Pitcher, Detroit Tigers: 20-year old Rick Porcello probably had a good deal to do with Detroit’s success in 2009, having a great 14-9 record, with a 3.96 ERA.  But, despite the fact that he pitched well, and kept the Tigers within striking distance in Game #163 vs the Twins. (5.2 IP, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8), it wasn’t enough to get the win.  If he had won this game, and vaulted the Tigers into the postseason, I think the ROY voting would have be very different…

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