Dustin Pedroia didn't let his broken hand and small stature keep him from kicking ass and taking names this season, which made him the sure-fire winner of the American League's Rookie of the Year award.
The Boston Red Sox second baseman hit an outstanding .317 with 8 homers and 50 RBIs, tallying 24 of the 28 first-place votes to beat out Tampa Bay Rays' outfielder Delmon Young in the Baseball Writers' Association of America voting.
Pedroia's baseball card lists him as a munificent 5-foot-9, which is an out-right lie, but seems to help him fend off nicknames like "little guy," "shortypants" and "small fry."
Meanwhile, Milwaukee Brewers youngster third baseman Ryan Braun edged Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki by just two points for the National League honor, receiving 17 of 32 first-place votes.
The sweet-swinging Brew Crew rookie, who was called up from the AAA Nashville Sounds in late May, hit .324 with 34 bombs and 97 RBIs this season. He led all NL players with a .634 slugging percentage -- the highest by a rookie in big league history -- but was short on plate appearances to qualify for the title.
[Boston Globe] | [The Brewer Chronicles] | [Fenway Fables]
Posted by Sooze on 11/13/2007
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