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The Sport Sofa:
NEW YORK — Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has been chosen the NL Rookie of the Year in a unanimous vote and Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has won the AL award.
The honors were announced Monday.
Kimbrel set a major league record for saves by a rookie with 46. The hard-throwing righty earned all 32 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Kimbrel easily outpointed Braves teammate Freddie Freeman.
Hellickson went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA in helping the Rays win the AL wild-card spot. He drew 17 of 28 first-place votes and finished ahead of Los Angeles Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo.
The AL Cy Young Award will be announced Tuesday.
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Craig Kimbrel overpowered hitters with his rocket right arm, then overwhelmed rivals in the NL Rookie of the Year voting.
It's now time to put the finishing touches on the 2011 MLB season as Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) begin presenting their 2011 end of the year awards. First up are the 2011 American League and National League Rookie of the Year.
In the AL, the BBWAA has selected Tampa Bay Rays right handed pitcher JeremyHellickson as it's 2011 AL Rookie of the Year...
Key Stats: 1 – major awards won... Hellickson is your 2011 AL Rookie of the Year*, capping a great season in which he complied 13 W’s and a 2.95 ERA in the crazy tough AL East over 29 starts. He gave his team 20 quality starts (most among rookies) putting the Rays (and fantasy baseball owners) in great position to rack up wins. His pedestrian 5.57 K/9 rate is nothing to write...
Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel and Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson have been named the Jackie Robinson Award winners as the top rookies in the National and American League, respectively, as voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has been chosen the NL rookie of the year in a unanimous vote, and Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has won the AL award.
Leading the National League in saves is an excellent way to make a first impression on awards voters. The Baseball Writers Association of America clearly agreed, making Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel a unanimous choice for NL Rookie of the Year.
Kimbrel, 23, racked up 46 saves for the Braves this past season, tying the Milwaukee Brewers' John Axford for the league lead...
Jeremy Hellickson began the 2011 season with a tender right hamstring and lofty expectations. The right-hander overcame both to perform with excellence, and on Monday afternoon, Hellickson won the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
So awards season is getting ready to get into high gear.
On Monday, November 14, the rookies of the year will be announced. I maintain that at least five rookies from the class of 2010 class would have won in the National League, while the American League featured several solid starting pitchers. Here are my picks:
3. Freddie Freeman (1B, Atlanta Braves)
American League: Hellickson wins, Hosmer is third Why he won: Jeremy Hellickson, 24, produced a strong closing kick with five victories in September against American League East opponents that helped Tampa Bay overhaul Boston for the wild-card spot.
Jeremy Hellickson's 10th win of the season came on an impressive afternoon in Seattle on the final day of July — seven innings, five hits and one run.
First baseman, who led all rookies with 29 home runs and 87 runs batted in, finishes second to Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in voting by the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America.First baseman, who led all rookies with 29 home runs and 87 runs batted in, finishes second to Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in voting by the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America.