Motor City Bengals’ Rookie of the Year Awards: Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom

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Major League Baseball will announce the winners of its four major awards in each league this week. First up today is the Rookie of the Year, Tuesday is Manager of the Year, Wednesday will be the announcement of the Cy Young awards, and finally Thursday will be the biggie: the MVP.

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The Detroit Tigers have just one finalist in any of the awards this week–Victor Martinez in the MVP. Nonetheless, the staff of Motor City Bengals has lodged their votes for each of the major awards.

As Rookie of the Year will be announced today, we will begin with those awards and pick the other awards on their respective days. See if we agree with the baseball writers.

Seven MCB staffers picked their top three in each category (though they could choose to name just one or two). Each player finishing first on a writer’s ballot was assigned three points, those finishing in second place received two points, and those in third received one point.

We also picked our choice for each of these awards for the Tigers’ individual team (except for manager since the team only had one this season, to the dismay of some fans).

So without further ado, here are Motor City Bengals’ picks for Rookie of the Year.

AL Rookie of the Year: Jose Abreu

This was an easy choice for the staff with Jose Abreu, of the Chicago White Sox receiving all the first place votes for Rookie of the Year.

Abreu received 21 points and all seven first place votes. Yordano Ventura finished in second with nine points. The Tigers’ own Nick Castellanos finished in third place with five points and Masahiro Tanaka finished in fourth place with three points. Rounding out the vote, George Springer and Danny Santana tied for fifth place with two points apiece.

NL Rookie of the Year: Jacob deGrom

Once again it was no contest for top National League rookie as Jacob deGrom, like Abreu, was a unanimous staff pick.

Finishing behind the New York Mets’ phenom was Billy Hamilton with 13 points. Gregory Polanco and Ender Inciarte tied for third place with four votes a piece.

Tigers Rookie of the Year: Nick Castellanos

Casty was the staff’s unanimous pick for the team’s best rookie.

Come back tomorrow when we will reveal Motor City Bengals pick for AL and NL Manager of the Year. 

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