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If there were two rookie awards (pitching and offense), then who would the offensive award go to? Kenji Johjima? Or would they go all Matsui on him, and not count him as a rookie. Or how about Melky Cabrera ?
Johjima has decent offensive stats, but he has been calling horrible games for the Mariners. Hell, no pitcher has under a 4.19 ERA on the team. And Melky doesn't deserve the Gold Glove(I keep telling you this).
Everyone keeps telling me this. Either way, I don't mind a 1000 fielding % and a league leading (actually a 3-way tie) 9 outfield assists --- in limited time.
Tough one for me. I'm leaning Verlander right now, but if Liriano gets to 18-20 wins and a sub 2.50 ERA, he'll take it. Sorry, call me an old fashioned baseball fan but when it is a close race like this I'm going to give it to the guy who has started the entire year, not almost two months into the season. I have a gut feeling Liriano will take it in the end, as he's gotten more hype and voters drool over K numbers. But for now, I say Verlander by a hair over Liriano.
Why shouldn't Weaver be in the discussion? With the way he is pitching he could come close (he won't reach it) to the leader qualifying IP, usually around 14-160. If he keeps the ERA down and the K's down he'll be fine. It isn't out of the question for him to win 12-15 this season. The same people who are saying that Weaver hasn't pitched enough are the same people that were drooling over Liriano and calling him ROY after 8 or so starts. I don't think he deserves it, but I thought I'd start an argument.
Yes I have and even if there was a rookie of the year for batters only, his .256 avg wouldnt cut it. It would go to either Cabrera or Johjima who plays the same position as Napoli. Nick Markakis may have gotton more votes than Napoli as well.
On a plus note for Napoli, he has shown amazing power in the minors and in his short stint in the majors.