LOS ANGELES — Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named the 2016 Sporting News National League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, the first Dodger in 21 years to be so honored.
The Sporting News awards are voted on by players, and Seager was picked as NL Rookie of the Year on 143 of 176 ballots. Nationals outfielder Trea Turner was second with 15 votes, followed by Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda with six votes and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story with five.
Seager hit .308/.365/.512 with 40 doubles and 26 home runs, setting LA Dodgers rookie records in hits (193), runs scored (105), doubles and total bases (321). He was the team’s best hitter while playing a premium defensive position, and figures to receive NL MVP votes as well.
The last Dodgers position player to win Sporting News Rookie of the Year was Raul Mondesi in 1994. But through 2003, The Sporting News named top rookies in each league both at position player and pitcher. The last Dodgers pitcher to win Sporting News Rookie of the Year was Hideo Nomo in 1995.
Dave Roberts on Monday won the Sporting News 2016 NL Manager of the Year as well.
The Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the top three finishers for its awards on Monday, Nov. 7 on MLB Network. BBWAA award winners will be revealed from Nov. 14-17, with Rookies of the Year in each league announced on Monday, Nov. 14.