Marlins’ Fernandez, Rays’ Myers take top rookie honors
NEW YORK | Pitcher Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins and outfielder Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays took home NL and AL Rookie of the Year honors Monday.
Fernandez easily outdistanced Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig with 26 firstplace votes to Puig’s four, his case bolstered by dominant numbers in a full season with the woeful Marlins. Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller was third.
Myers, meanwhile, barely spent half a season in the majors for Tampa Bay. He received 23 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, beating out Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and teammate Chris Archer.
The 22-year-old Myers batted .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI in only 88 games after he was called up from the minors June 18.
Fernandez, who turned 21 in July, went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA in 28 starts for a Marlins team that won only 62 games. coach for the Nationals, became their first base coach on July 1, 2011, and spent last season as third base coach.
Prior to joining the Nationals organization, the 49-year-old Jewett spent his entire baseball career as a player and coach with the Pirates organization. He was the third base coach for the Pirates during the 2001 and 2002 seasons when McClendon was Pittsburgh’s manager. who was managing at Triple A-Albuquerque, joins the team to take Wallach’s spot.
Mattingly returns for his fourth season with general manager Ned Colletti making no announcement about a possible contract extension. Mattingly’s option worth $1.4 million vested with the team’s first-round playoff victory over Atlanta. He is 260-225 at the helm.