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Monday, November 12, 2007

Rookie of the Year Awards Announced


Major League Baseball announced that Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Ryan Braun won the American League and National League Rookie of the Year Awards, respectively. Braun beat out Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki by only 2 votes, making it the closest race in MLB History. Braun didn't make his debut in the majors until May 25th. While he was there, he made a huge impact as he batted .324 and led NL rookies with 34 home runs and a .634 slugging percentage, breaking the Major League rookie record set by Mark McGwire, who slugged .618 for Oakland in 1987. Braun drove in 97 runs and stole 15 bases. Pedroia -- who became the sixth Red Sox player to win the Rookie of the Year Award -- finished 10th in the AL this season with a .317 average. That batting average was the all-time best for rookie second basemen.
(Photo courtesy of espn.com)

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