Rookie of the Year!

November 12, 2008 at 1:53 am | Posted in Baseball, Rays | 1 Comment

Yeah, I’m a day late with this news, but I was too exhausted last night to post anything.  As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Evan Longoria is the 2008 American League Rookie of the Year!  He is the first Tampa Bay Ray to earn this honor.  This was pretty much expected, but I was very happy to hear that he was voted Rookie of the Year unanimously.  That hadn’t happened since Nomar Garciaparra won the award in 1997.  Remember when he was good?  I was a bit worried that the Chicago sports writers would vote for Alexei Ramirez, but common sense seems to have prevailed.  Anyway, I’m hoping that Evan will win some MVP trophies during his career to put next to the Rookie of the Year award on his mantle.

In other news, Carlos Pena became the first Tampa Bay Ray ever to win a Gold Glove last week.  Pena really is an amazing defensive artist at first base, and the honor was very well deserved.  He’s not the first Ray to deserve a Gold Glove, though.  Carl Crawford should have won a few of them by now, but the voters always insist on giving three Gold Gloves to American League center fielders while they ignore the left (and right) fielders.  Jason Bartlett, Akinori Iwamura, Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton, and Dioner Navarro all should have merited consideration for Gold Gloves too.  Hopefully each of them will be able to earn a few in future years.

Up next for the Rays – the American League Manager of the Year award.  I don’t think there’s any question about who’s going to win that one!


Rookie of the Year

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Gold Glove Winner

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  1. congrats to him on the award! we all saw it coming. side note, he was my friend’s friend’s high school teammate or buddy.

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