Marlins' Coghlan, A's Bailey named top rookies
NEW YORK (AP)
I was an American League Rookie of the Year voter this year, but I didn't put Andrew Bailey first on my ballot.
Yet, I believe he was very deserving of the award.
Consider the following:
-- He was Oakland's lone All-Star and then pitched better in the second half than he did in the first.
-- While serving as the A's closer a difficult job for any experienced pitcher, let alone a rookie he didn't blow a save after June 16.
-- Among AL relievers with at least 68 appearances, he had the lowest ERA (1.84).
I voted for Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, Detroit starter Rick Porcello and Bailey, in that order. But I could have arranged those same candidates in any sequence and felt good about it. They were that close.
Andrus helped transform the Rangers with his speed and defense as the AL's youngest position player. Porcello was the second-most reliable starter on the Tigers' staff and became the first 20-year-old to win 14 games since Dwight Gooden.
Both deserved the award. So did Bailey. I have no issue whatsoever with this pick.