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Rookie of the Year race remains wide open....

Posted at 10:56 AM on August 30, 2005 by David Zingler (2 Comments)

Growing up in the mid 80s, I remember the epic Rookie of the Year race between Jose Canseco and Wally Joyner in 1986 and the Mark McGwire, Kevin Seitzer and Matt Nokes clash in 1987. While this years race offers no real phemons, it is interesting because of the number of players that still have a realistic shot at the award.

Today, well take a look at the contending position players, tomorrow the pitchers.

AL Position Players
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B, White Sox: .278/.344/.444, 14-19 SB, 63 runs
The Japanese import has been a solid contributor to the eventual AL Central Champs. The 30-year-olds experience in Japan however, may cost him some votes.

Nick Swisher
, OF, Oakland: .248/.326/.458, 17 HR, 63 RBI
Billy Beanes Moneyball man-crush looks like the real deal, although his batting average and on-base-percentage could use a boost.

Russ Adams, SS, Toronto: .271/.345/.422, 8 HR, 55 RBI
The 25-year-old is having a solid season in Toronto and should be a fixture in their line-up for years to come.

Johnny Gomes, OF, Tampa Bay: .286/.386/.568*, 18 HR. 38 RBI
Gomes leads all rookies in homeruns and is a big reason for the Rays second half surge.

Dan Johnson, 1B, Oakland: .307/.389/.508*, 12 HR, 45 RBI
The Coon Rapids native and Blaine grad is just another of the unknown As that is getting it done.

My Pick: Johnson, after all hes one of us.


NL Position Players
Garrett Atkins, 3B, Colorado: .279/.352/.400, 9 HR, 55 RBI
Atkins has played well for the dreadful Rockies, but will the voters notice?

Willy Taveras, OF, Houston: .298/.336/.355, 31-42 SB, 67 runs
A catalyst for the resurgent Astros, he looks like the favorite right now.

Jeff Francoeur, OF, Atlanta: .351/.377/.655*, 10 HR
The SI coverboy (a little premature, dont you think?) has been getting the hype, but it will be tough to continue on his torrid pace.

Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia: .289/.360/.492*, 10 HR
The 6-4, 260 lb slugger had been stuck behind Jim Thome, but is now making the most of his opportunity.

My pick: Right now, Ill go with Taveras, but I reserve the right to change my mind.

*Does not have enough plate appearances to qualify among league leaders.

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