National League Rookie Of The Year: Craig Kimbrel Wins SB Nation Honors, Kenley Jansen Finishes Tied For 9th

Craig Kimbrel received 22 of 28 first-place votes in the SB Nation National League Rookie of the Year Award.

It is nearly that time of the year for baseball awards season, when for some reason the Baseball Writers Association of America waits more than two weeks after the season is over before announcing their awards. The final award this year is National League Most Valuable Player which will be awarded on Tuesday, November 22, a full 26 days after the day Game 7 of the World Series was scheduled.

The BBWAA won't begin announcing their awards until next Monday, but the SB Nation awards come this week. Various baseball writers around the network voted on these awards: 28 for the National League and 24 for the American League.

Up first are both SB Nation rookie of the year awards. Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves won the National League award pretty handily, while Michael Pineda of the Seattle Mariners took home American League honors. Here are the results:

SB Nation National League Rookie of the Year
Rank Name 1st 2nd 3rd Total
1 Craig Kimbrel 22 4 2 124
2 Danny Espinosa 4 6 8 46
3 Freddie Freeman 8 3 27
4 Vance Worley 1 5 3 23
5 Wilson Ramos 1 2 5 16
6 Brandon Beachy 1 4 7
7 Cory Luebke 1 3
7 Lucas Duda 1 3
9 Kenley Jansen 1 1
9 Mark Melancon 1 1
9 Allen Craig 1 1

Kenley Jansen picked up a single third place vote, and it didn't come from me or Phil Gurnee. Andrew Martin, friend of True Blue LA from Purple Row, gave Jansen his lone vote, and Jansen finished tied for ninth.

Our ballots were like so:

  • Me: Kimbrel, Worley, Espinosa
  • Phil: Kimbrel, Duda, Freeman

Here are the American League results:

SB Nation American League Rookie of the Year
Rank Name 1st 2nd 3rd Total
1 Michael Pineda 9 4 3 60
2 Eric Hosmer 5 4 3 40
3 Jeremy Hellickson 4 5 4 39
4 Dustin Ackley 1 5 3 23
5 Ivan Nova 5 5 20
6 Alexi Ogando 2 1 13
7 Mark Trumbo 1 3 8
8 Desmond Jennings 1 2 7
9 Brett Lawrie 1 1 6

Points were awarded as follows: five points for a first place vote, three points for a second place vote, and one point for a third place vote.

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