Pedroia, Braun garner rookie of year honors


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Ryan Braun won the NL Rookie of the Year award in one of the closest votes, while Dustin Pedroia ran away with the AL honor Monday.

Braun, Milwaukee's slugging third baseman, edged Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki by two points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Pedroia, the little Boston second baseman with the big swing, easily topped Tampa Bay outfielder Delmon Young. Voting was done before Pedroia helped lead the Red Sox to the World Series title.

Called up from Triple-A in late May, Braun hit .324 with 34 home runs and 97 RBIs. The Brewers led the majors in homers this season and stayed in contention for the NL Central championship until the final week.
Braun got 17 of the 32 first-place votes and finished with 128 points. Tulowitzki received 15 first-place votes and had 126 points.

Braun's .634 slugging percentage led NL players and was the highest by a rookie in major league history. He did not have enough plate appearances, however, to qualify for the title.

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I was rooting for Tulo to win it but Braun is very much deserving
Your very right, Braun is much deserving to win the Rookie of the year. Braun is a unique athlete who has so much natural talent that you can't teach someone. Braun has a great bat, he has the ability to hit the long ball. Also he is a great single or gap hitter to move a runner over.

Braun also is a solid defender who has blossomed to one of the leagues best all-around players for the Brewers. He is going to have a very good career ahead of him and I wish the best of luck to him.


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I think it should have went to Tulo. That's just me though.

Congrats to both of them. Pedroia definitely deserved it, and that's coming from a Yankees fan.