Corey Seager Wins NL Rookie of the Year (Giuseppe)

On November 14th, 2016, Corey Seager became the newest player to win the National League Rookie of the Year award, joining Mike Piazza and Raul Mondesi as the only Dodgers to win the award unanimously. This means that all thirty voters put Seager at first place on their list. He beat Trea Turner who came in second, and teammate Kenta Maedea who came in third.

Corey Seager Dodgers 30 150
Trea Turner Nationals 11 9 42
Kenta Maeda Dodgers 11 4 37
Trevor Story Rockies 7 3 24
Aledmys Diaz Cardinals 1 11 14
Jon Gray Rockies 1 1
Steven Matz Mets 1 1
Seung Hwan Oh Cardinals 1 1

Seager played 157 games this year, batting .308/.365/.512, and hitting 26 home runs. Along with a .877 OPS and a 512 Slugging percentage. He also had a 6.1 WAR (Wins above Replacement), all while performing excellently in the demanding shortstop position. No other rookie in baseball this year came close to Seager.

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Seager became the first NL shortstop to win since Hanley Ramirez in 2006. Carlos Correa won last year in the AL.  So while Turner and Maeda deserve recognition for their season, Corey Seager clearly dominated in the voting and won without a problem.

Along with winning the Rookie of the Year, Corey Seager is also in the top three in the NL MVP voting. Will Corey Seager win and become the first player since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 to win both awards? Only time will tell.


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