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Tag Archives: Ohtani
D.J. LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton homered, and the Yankees (2-3-1 in Spring Training) got good outings from young pitchers Deivi Garcia and Luis Gil in beating Baltimore 7-1 Wednesday night.
For Garcia, that was especially good after an atrocious 2021 season. Remember though, that Garcia won’t be 23 until May. Gil turns 24 in June.
Joey Gallo was 2 for 3. Beside his HR, Stanton had another hit, as did Torres. LeMahieu’s HR was a solo shot, Torres’ and Stanton’s were both 2-run HRs.
Also with 2 hits was Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
Garcia 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Gil 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Green (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W 1 K.
Peralta 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 W, 0 K
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Greene 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Minor league manager (Low A Tampa) Rachel Balkovic will be out of action for a while after taking a ball to her face while minor leaguers were taking batting practice.
The man on second rule to begin extra innings (I hate that rule) stays for this year, then gets scrapped. Rosters will be at 28 until May 2, with unlimited pitchers (due to the short spring training caused by the lockout). Rosters then go to 26 with no more than 13 pitchers.
Then there is the “Ohtani rule”. If say, Ohtani pitches AND is listed as the DH, and he gets knocked out of the game as far as pitching, he can remain as the DH.
Awards week continues as the Managers of the Year will be named tonight.
With last night’s win of the AL ROY by Shohei Ohtani, it once again begs the question of when a Japanese player comes to the U.S. and MLB, what is and what isn’t a rookie?
Ohtani won because of his two-way play, not only hitting .285-22-61, 10 SB, OPS+ 152 in 104 games, but also going 4-2, 3.31, ERA+ 126 in 10 starts before his elbow blew out. That was enough to beat out the Yankees’ Miguel Andujar, who hit .297-27-92, OPS+ 126, but who had defensive liabilities.
The vote wasn’t as close as maybe it should have been. 25 first place votes to 5. (The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres finished third, but received no first place votes).
Because of his two-way status, I really feel that as long as Ohtani didn’t fall flat on his face, and he didn’t, that the novelty of being the first true two-way player since Babe Ruth almost 100 years ago would win him the award, and it did.
Ohtani had spent five years in the “Japanese major leagues” though. Other Japanese players have won the Rookie of the Year Award after coming over to the U.S., notably Ichiro Suzuki, who won both the AL ROY and AL MVP in 2001.
But what about 2003, when Hideki Matsui was denied the award in part because people felt he wasn’t a “rookie”, because he had spent 10 years in the “Japanese majors”?
The inconsistency of the BBWAA is still astonishing.
Of course, in a couple of months, some members will prove their ignorance in how they voted in the HOF voting.
Shohei Ohtani’s two-way performance earned him the AL ROY award as he got 25 of the 30 first place votes to win the AL ROY with 137 points.
Yankees’ 3b Miguel Andujar got the other 5 first place votes and had 89 points.
Yankees’ 2B Gleyber Torres finished 3rd with 25 points.
AL Rookie of the Year Voting, 1st-2nd-3rd placed votes, total points
|Shohei Ohtani, LAA||25||4||137|
|Miguel Andujar, NYY||5||20||4||89|
|Gleyber Torres, NYY||3||16||25|
|Joey Wendle, TB||3||8||17|
|Daniel Palka, CWS||1||1|
|Ryan Yarbrough, TB||1||1|
The NL Rookie of the Year was Ronald Acuna of the Braves.
NL Rookie of the Year Voting 1st-2nd-3rd place votes and total points.
|Ronald Acuna Jr., ATL||27||3||144|
|Juan Soto, WSH||2||26||1||89|
|Walker Buehler, LAD||1||1||20||28|
|Brian Anderson, MIA||4||4|
|Jack Flaherty, STL||2||2|
|Harrison Bader, STL||1||1|
|Yoshihisa Hirano, ARI||1||1|
|Jeff McNeil, NYM||1||1|