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Pedroia, Braun win Rookie of the Year awards
2007-11-12 11:00
by Bob Timmermann

Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Milwaukee third baseman Ryan Braun won the AL and NL Rookie of the Year Awards respectively.

Pedroia easily won out over Delmon Young of Tampa Bay by a margin of 132 to 56. Pedroia received 24 of 28 first place votes. Young received three and Brian Bannister of Kansas City received one.

Braun edged Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki by just two votes, 128-126. Braun was first on 17 ballots and Tulowitzki was first on 15 ballots.

Since the BBWAA changed the voting system to allow electors to rank three candidates instead of naming one, the closest margin of victory had been four votes. Hanley Ramirez of Florida edged out Ryan Zimmerman by four votes last year and in 2003 Angel Berroa of Kansas City beat Hideki Matsui by four votes.


2007-11-12 11:14:19
1.   Daniel Zappala
What would happen in case of a tie? They share the award? Has this ever happened?
2007-11-12 11:15:59
2.   Bob Timmermann
Yes, there have been ties before. They are described in the links to the voting.

The writers used to just vote for one player. Now they vote for three.

2007-11-12 11:20:48
3.   Bob Timmermann
The AL had a tie in 1979 with John Castino and Alfredo Griffin. The NL had a tie in 1976 with Butch Metzger and Pat Zachry.
2007-11-12 11:27:03
4.   Paul Scott
The interesting thing to me was the honesty (except for possibly one voter). Maybe writers are too stupid, though, rather than too honest.

Second and third place don't mean anything. Therefor, if you really feel Tulo deserves the award, you vote Tulo #1 and Braun #3 (or not at all - but that might be too obvious). One voter did that. Every other voter who chose Tulo #1 put Braun #2 and every voter who put Braun #1 put Tulo #2.

It may not happen very often, but I think it would be interesting to see how voting went on legitimately close calls in the past.

2007-11-12 11:28:58
5.   Bob Timmermann
Actually, one writer put Braun third and Kyle Kendrick second.
2007-11-12 11:29:30
6.   Bob Timmermann
And you actually said that, but I didn't see it at first.


2007-11-12 11:34:40
7.   Bob Timmermann
In 2003 for the AL
Berroa's votes were 12-7-7
Matsui's votes were 10-9-7

So there were two voters who left them off completely. Baldelli got five first place votes and Texeira got one.

In 2006 for the NL
Ramirez's votes were 14-11-2
Zimmerman's votes 10-16-3

Uggla got 6 first place votes and Josh Johnson got 2.

2007-11-12 11:47:56
8.   Daniel Zappala
I should learn to read articles instead of relying on Bob to be the fountain of all wisdom.
2007-11-12 11:54:52
9.   Bob Timmermann
In deference to you Daniel, I will change the acronym to PRTA from RTFA.
2007-11-12 13:43:57
10.   Daniel Zappala
Bob, you're very kind!

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