Mar­lins’ Fer­nan­dez, Rays’ My­ers take top rookie hon­ors

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

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.

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