After a strong season, the Los Angeles Dodgers had seven finalists in major award categories. With pitcher Zack Greinke winning the NL Silver Slugger this past week, Yasiel Puig tried to become the 17th player in franchise history to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
Despite a strong rookie campaign where he finished in the top five in numerous categories, Puig finished second behind Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez. Fernandez received 26 of the 30 first-place votes and Puig received the remainder of the first place votes. While Puig becomes the first Dodger to finish in second place in the ROY vote, Hyun-Jin Ryu also received some recognition as he finished fourth.
While Puig might have won the award had he played the entire season with the Dodgers, UT San Diego writer John Maffei was the only person to actually leave Puig off his ballot out of 30 writers. Maffei admits that Puig’s antics were in the back of his mind and felt that Padres’ Jedd Gyorko deserved some recognition. While Puig’s antics have been criticized, there’s no denying that he was at least a top-three rookie in the NL and he shouldn’t have been left off.
Although Puig didn’t win the ROY, the Dodgers still have two more chances to cap off a historic season. Clayton Kershaw is a Cy Young finalist while Don Mattingly is a finalist for NL Manager of the Year.
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