Rays OF Arozarena and Reds 2B India Take Rookie of the Year Awards
I didn’t feel Randy Arrosarina was a rookie this season.
The quick and powerful Tampa Bay defenseman certainly didn’t play like anyone else.
Arozarena won AL Rookie of the Year with an impressive run-up to the 2020 post-season championships, while Cincinnati Reds second captain Jonathan India took home the NL Rookie of the Year on Monday night.
If it didn’t look like this wasn’t Arosarina’s first year, there was a reason. The 26-year-old Cuban provided an amazing lift for Rays during the 2020 Posteason with 10 homers in 18 matches during their run to the World Championship.
But Arozarena didn’t play enough during the regular 2020 season to lose his place as a starter, so he was eligible for the award this year. He followed up his post-season break with a stellar season in 2021, finishing with an average of 0.274, 32 doubles, 20 hurdles and 69 RBI with the addition of excellent defense, helping the Rays bounce back into the postseason.
Arosarina received 22 of the 30 first-place votes in the Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America poll, beating Luis Garcia and Tampa Bay player Wonder Franco.
Arosarina is Tampa Bay’s first rookie of the year since quarterback Will Myers in 2013.
The 20-year-old Franco holds the title of one of the future MLB Superstars and his performances in 2021 didn’t dampen those billing. The player hit .288 with seven pub owners and 39 hurdles while playing less than half of the season.
The 24-year-old Garcia has been instrumental in the Astros’ race to the world championship this season. He had an 11-8 record with a 3.48 ERA and hit 167 hitters over 155 1/3 innings.
India won the NL award eight months after taking the team’s second primary job during spring training and never letting go during a stellar first season.
The 24-year-old India had 29 out of 30 votes in first place, beating left-footed bowler Trevor Rogers and St. Louis player Dylan Carlson. Rogers got one vote from first place.
India ranked fifth in the 2018 draft and played third in college in Florida, but he found a home at second base in the major leagues and became the cornerstone of the Reds’ future. His rapid impact in the Grand Slams was somewhat surprising considering he only had 111 at the bat over Single-A prior to 2021.
He was the first Rookie for the Reds to win this year since bowler Scott Williamson in 1999.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound India was an all-out threat—particularly during the second half of the season—often hitting the lead, averaging 269, 34 doubles, 21 Homers, 69 RBI and 12 base steals. He also showed good box-mix discipline, persuading 71 walks to finish at 0.376 on a percentage basis, scoring 98.
The 23-year-old Rogers took second place. He was named an All-Star during a stellar season that included a 7-8 record and 2.64 ERA over 25 starts. The hard-hitting left hitter hit 155 hitters in 133 strokes.
Carlson was part of a talented young pitch for the Cardinals who charged at the end of the season to the playoffs. He played when he was 22, hitting 266 with 18 companions and making a solid defense in all three locations.
The General Managers will be announced by the BBWAA on Tuesday evening, followed by the Cy Young Awards on Wednesday and the MVPs Awards on Thursday.
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