Sea­ger, Ful­mer take ROY honors

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Corey Sea­ger and Michael Ful­mer were an­nounced as the win­ners Mon­day night, when votes from the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica were made public:

Corey Sea­ger won the NL Rookie of the Year award unan­i­mously.

Michael Ful­mer took the AL honor — and that vote wasn’t all that close, ei­ther.

Sea­ger and Ful­mer were an­nounced as the win­ners Mon­day night, when votes from the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica were made public. Sea­ger’s vic­tory was al­most a fore­gone con­clu­sion after he hit .308 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs this year for the Los An­ge­les Dodgers. Ful­mer, on the other hand, had to hold off a late chal­lenge from New York Yan­kees catcher Gary Sanchez, who hit 20 home runs in only 53 games.

Ful­mer’s sea­son-long con­tri­bu­tions for Detroit won out. The right-han­der went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 26 starts for the Tigers. He ended up re­ceiv­ing 26 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA, out­dis­tanc­ing Sanchez by a to­tal of 142 points to 91.

Cleve­land out­fielder Tyler Naquin fin­ished third in the AL race.

Sea­ger re­ceived the max­i­mum 150 points in the NL vote, fol­lowed by Wash­ing­ton out­fielder Trea Turner (42) and Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda (37).

Sea­ger is the 17th Dodgers player to earn Rookie of the Year honors — eas­ily the most of any team — but the fran­chise hadn’t had a win­ner since Todd Hol­landsworth in 1996.

The Dodgers, of course, had the first Rookie of the Year when Jackie Robin­son won in 1947. They also had four win­ners in a row from 1979-82 and five in a row from 1992-96.

Sea­ger, a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2012, was the sec­ond player in a row to win NL Rookie of the Year unan­i­mously. Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs did it last year.

Sea­ger joins a list of Dodgers Rookie of the Year win­ners that in­cludes lu­mi­nar­ies like Robin­son, Fer­nando Valen­zuela (1981) and Mike Pi­azza (1993).

Ful­mer is the fifth Tigers player to win the award, join­ing Justin Ver­lan­der (2006), Lou Whi­taker (1978), Mark Fidrych (1976) and Har­vey Kuenn (1953).

Detroit ac­quired Ful­mer in 2015 from the Mets in the trade that sent Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes to New York.

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