(Before It's News)
It shouldn’t surprise you that a New York Yankee didn’t get a Rookie of the Year award, but it’s disappointing if you live in the New York area and saw Gary Sanchez play this season. Turns out although he was a finalist for Rookie of the Year, he didn’t win it. Instead, Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer did.
Many are reporting this, but we’ll go with the New York Times here with a unique nugget:
“…Sanchez had an even better O.P.S. for the Yankees (1.032), but he played in only 53 games. His production in that time (a .299 average with 20 home runs) helped the Yankees mount a playoff push even after they dealt away veterans, but Fulmer’s body of work made him the easy winner.
In 26 starts for the Tigers, Fulmer was 11-7 with a 3.06 E.R.A. He was already 9-2 by the time
Sanchez got his first hit of the season, on Aug. 3.
Fulmer remembered Sanchez well from facing him in the minors.
‘He looked intimidating in the box, big frame,’ Fulmer said. ‘He’s got power, and he can hit the breaking ball. It’s tough to pitch to guys like that, that stay on the ball and drive it out to right-center and put it out of the park. You’ve got to be careful the way you pitch him.
I hope I get to face him quite a bit more. What he did this year was unbelievable.’”
Nice to see a fellow finalist give Sanchez some props, right?
Anyway, on the NL side, the winner was Dodgers Shortstop Corey Seager.