ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
AN UNPRECEDENTED SEASON RESULTS IN TONY GONSOLIN BEING OUR UNCONVENTIONAL PICK AS TOP ROOKIE
Baseball America has never had a tougher time picking its Rookie of the Year.
That’s not to say picking the top rookie is ever easy. We choose one overall major league winner across both leagues, so the field is often crowded. We struggle each year to compare the value of pitchers with hitters, and we debate the merits of quick bursts of production versus larger samples of playing time.
And at BA, the final weight we apply to our award is future value. We want our Rookie of the Year winner to appear wise in the decades to come.
While our ROY is based primarily on rookie accomplishment, we also consider the candidates’ potential for future stardom.
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