It was kind of a busy day as far as baseball news goes today.
First, MLB.com reports:
Dustin Pedroia was named the American League Rookie of the Year Award today. Pedroia became the first Red Sox player to win the trophy since Nomar Garciaparra did so in 1997. Pedroia was listed first on 24 of the 28 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city and second on the other four to total 132 points. The Rays’ Delmon Young finished second behind Pedroia with 56 points, and the Royals’ Brian Bannister (yes, that Brian Bannister) tallied 36 to place third in the vote.
The Brewers’ Ryan Braun, won the National League Rookie of the Year Award by edging Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki to become Milwaukee’s first rookie of the year since shortstop Pat Listach won the American League honor in 1992. Braun was listed first on 17 of 32 ballots, second on 14 and third on one for 128 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. Tulowitzki was first on 15 ballots and second on the other 17 for 126 points. The two-point differential was the closest in the NL since the current system was adopted in 1980.
No argument from me. I thought both players had solid seasons and were deserving of the honor.
Earlier in the day the Cubs traded outfielder Jacques Jones to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Omar Infante. The Cubs weren’t targeting Infante as much as they were freeing up money by dealing outfielder Jacque Jones. The 25-year-old Infante will backup Mark DeRosa and Ryan Theriot up the middle. The Tigers get the left handed bat they needed in their lineup and are hoping that Jones rebounds from a down season.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX sports believes that Paul Lo Duca will ultimately sign with the Mets shortly after their attempt to pry Jorge Posada away from the Yankees. Even Jorge himself admitted in an interview this weekend, that the odds are that he will remain a Yankee. It’s good news for the Mets fans who have been praying for the Mets to sign Lo Duca since the season ended.
Finally, if you haven’t heard David Wright’s interview on WFAN this morning, here is the link from WFAN. David Wright Interview.
It was a great interview and David was as candid as ever. He was very supportive of Willie Randolph as a manager, and as a team leader. (and I mean VERY supportive!) He also said he believed the Mets needed more pitching among other interesting Mets issues. Listen to it, it’s pretty cool!