In what was a historic run for Rookie of the Year, Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners and Michael Harris II of the Atlanta Braves earned AL and NL honors, respectively.
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Julio Rodriguez, Rookie of the Year
Rodriguez easily outplayed Adley Rochman of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League. The 21-year-old Rodriguez received 29 of 30 first-place votes (with Rochman getting the only first-place finish) to become the fifth Seattle Mariners player to win MLS Rookie of the Year, as well as the fourth Dominican. – A player born to be honored.
Seattle has now picked up two of their final three Freshman of the Years, with Kyle Lewis taking home the award in 2020.
Rodriguez made his debut on April 8 and played in 132 games with the Mariners, helping them earn their first postseason appearance since 2001.
On a conference call with BBWAA members Monday night, Rodriguez said the award and Seattle’s season combined in a special and memorable 2022.
“The work I did in the off-season is paying off,” Rodriguez said. “At this point in the year, I feel really happy that everything we’ve done and all the preparation has really paid off. I’m grateful for that.”
Michael Harris II, NL Rookie of the Year
On the National League side, it was a battle between a pair of fellow Atlanta Braves players, with Harris receiving 22 of the 30 first-place votes and Atlanta outfielder Spencer Stryder grabbing the other eight.
Harris was the only player in the NFL to be named on all 30 ballots, becoming the ninth Braves player to be awarded the honor and the first since Ronald Acuna Jr. in 2018.
In his debut on May 28, Harris took over the Braves center position and would go on to finish one home run shy of a 20-20 season, hit 19 homers and swipe 20 bases. His 5.3 bWAR was the highest of any NL rookie, quite an achievement considering he spent the first two months of the season in the minors.
Harris told reporters Monday night that a season progression from junior to rookie of the year would be “unrealistic” until it was considered a realistic possibility before the start of the 2022 campaign.
“I feel like the whole season has been unreal,” Harris said. “I was going day in and day out, living in the dream. I guess I have to look back and think about how crazy the year was and how fast it went. I’m lucky to be in this position to get such a huge award.”
The Rookie of the Year race made history
No matter who finished first or second in the AL and NL, each of the top two Rookie of the Year votes made history Monday night. thanks for the The collective bargaining agreement was drawn up at the start of the seasonRodriguez, Rochman, Harris, and Stryder each earned a full year of major league service time by placing in the top two in RoY voting, the first time the award had such an impact on a player’s future as well.