Today begins the nearly week-long, year end Baseball Writers of America Awards celebration and starting tonight at 6 p.m. EST, MLB Network will be airing nightly programs to present those awards. The first honor will be for the Rookie of the Year.
American League Candidates
In the American League it’s an all-Western affair where the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels are represented.
First up, we have Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics. Cespedes, the 27-year-old (as of October) rookie from Cuba had a stellar first year for Oakland batting .292/.356/.505/.861 with 23 home runs and 82 RBI in 129 games all while helping the A’s to a surprise AL West Division title.
Cespedes was an interesting case of a guy who started off slowly – he batted .236/.309/.418/.727 in the first two months of the season, was able to make adjustments and go on to have a great season overall.
Cespedes favored playing at home batting .319/.406/.531/.937 in Oakland compared to .268/.308/.483/.791 on the road but there was a place which houses a team in his Division where Cespedes seemed to be very comfortable playing. He had a .324/.343/.647/.990 line in the Ballpark in Arlington which just so happens to be the home of our next Rookie of the Year candidate…