Written by Liz Charre, President
It was disappointing to see the Dodgers lose to the Cubs back in October, but guess what Dodger fans? Corey Seager was announced the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year through a unanimous decision.
Monday night was the first day to present awards to Major League Baseball players who have shown their talent throughout this season. Seager is the 17th Dodger to be given the Rookie of the Year award. It has been the second consecutive year since a player has been given this award through a unanimous decision. Last year it was given to Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs.
The last Dodger to receive this award was Todd Hollandsworth back in 1996. The Dodgers organization has had a Rookie of the Year for every position except third base.
“It’s going to be a great night,” Seager said when he heard the news of his award. “I have friends, family, and coaches here with me today to celebrate.” He thanked all of his friends, family, coaches, and Dodger teammates for helping and guiding him throughout his rookie season with the Dodgers.
Seager’s statistics were phenomenal for his first year in the Majors. He posted a .308 batting average while hitting 26 home runs and driving in 72 RBI’s. For only being twenty-two years old, he has so much to look forward to for the rest of his MLB career.
Seager’s teammate Kenta Maeda was also nominated for the NL Rookie of the Year award as well as Nationals center fielder Trea Turner. As Seager enjoys this bittersweet moment, he has something else to look forward to as he has also been nominated for the National League MVP award. Results will be given this Thursday, Nov 17. He is going up against Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs and Daniel Murphy from the Washington Nationals.
So, the question is will Corey Seager win the MVP award just a few days after he was named the Rookie of the Year or will another player be given this prestigious award? Stay tuned for more details.