User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Jose Fernandez, Wil Myers named ROYs

New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

   

NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Fernandez arrived early. Wil Myers made it big after a blockbuster trade.

Advertisement
Neither one needed much time to create a splash, and together they brought both Rookie of the Year awards back to Florida.

Fernandez stood out in a very deep National League class this season, and the precocious Miami Marlins pitcher received 26 of 30 first-place votes from a Baseball Writers' Association of America panel in results announced Monday.

Myers won the American League prize after the Tampa Bay slugger put up impressive offensive numbers in barely half a season. The right fielder was chosen first on 23 of 30 ballots, beating out Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and Rays teammate Chris Archer.

''Honestly, when I was called up that didn't even cross my mind. As the season went on I could see I would have a chance,'' Myers said on a conference call from his North Carolina home. ''To be able to win is just a huge honor and I'm very excited about it.''

The two announcements marked the beginning of awards week in baseball. NL and AL Manager of the Year will be revealed Tuesday, with the Cy Young winners Wednesday and MVPs on Thursday.

Myers became the third Tampa Bay player in six years to be selected Rookie of the Year, joining Jeremy Hellickson (2011) and Evan Longoria (2008). Seated next to each other, Myers and Archer smiled and shook hands when the winner was revealed on MLB Network.

Fernandez easily topped runner-up Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers as Cuban players ran 1-2 in the NL race. The only previous Rookie of the Year winners from Cuba came in the AL: Jose Canseco in 1986 and Tony Oliva in 1964.

''It means a lot just to be compared to those guys,'' Fernandez said. ''I'm not sure I was even born when those guys were playing. But for sure I heard the names before. ... All the kids in Cuba play baseball.''

Puig received the other four first-place votes and amassed 95 points to 142 for Fernandez, who made the All-Star team at age 20. He went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts for a last-place club that finished 62-100.

Fernandez was shut down in September after 172 2-3 innings to protect his precious arm. Still, his debut season was so superb that he's one of three finalists for the NL Cy Young Award - though Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is a heavy favorite.

Fernandez already has one big prize, however, and he hugged his mother and grandmother when he won.

He came to the United States by boat as a Cuban refugee in 2008, apparently rescuing his mom along the way. Drafted 14th overall in 2011 out of high school in Tampa, Fla., he had never pitched above Class A before this season. Fernandez was ticketed for Double-A Jacksonville at the end of spring training when injuries left two holes in Miami's rotation.

Fernandez became an unexpected addition to the roster, making him the youngest pitcher on a major league team on opening day.

''I wasn't planning on being in the big leagues,'' he said.

The surprises haven't stopped - on and off the mound.

One day before winning the rookie award, a shocked Fernandez was reunited with his grandmother in Florida with help from team owner Jeffrey Loria.

''Out of nowhere,'' the pitcher said. ''I have no idea how it happened.''

Now, she can visit for a few years and see him play in the majors.

''Pretty excited about that,'' Fernandez said.

After the Marlins dumped nearly all their high-priced stars last winter, Fernandez was a rare bright spot this season. The right-hander became the fourth Marlins player in 11 years to win Rookie of the Year, following Chris Coghlan (2009), Hanley Ramirez (2006) and Dontrelle Willis (2003).

''I'm very happy that he won,'' Puig told MLB.com in comments circulated by the Dodgers. ''He worked really hard to achieve this and he pitched extremely well with Miami and he deserved this just as we deserved to be nominated. I am happy for him, that a Cuban won. I'm happy his grandmother arrived and I hope he enjoys his time with his grandmother and enjoys the prize he won.''

The 22-year-old Myers batted .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in only 88 games after he was called up from the minors June 18. He immediately added much-needed power to the middle of the Rays' lineup, helping them reach the playoffs as an AL wild card.

Myers was rated one of baseball's best hitting prospects when he was traded from Kansas City to Tampa Bay last December in a seven-player deal that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.

''There were some mixed feelings in leaving Kansas City,'' Myers acknowledged. ''I don't want to say they gave up on me. They made a move they thought would better their team and it did.''

Worked out well for Tampa Bay, too.

The Rays were 36-33 before Myers arrived this season and went 56-38 the rest of the way. They won a tiebreaker at Texas for the final AL playoff berth and beat Cleveland in the wild-card game before getting eliminated by World Series champion Boston in the division series.

Myers finished with 131 points in the balloting to 80 for the slick-fielding Iglesias, traded from the Red Sox to the Tigers just before the deadline in late July. Both teams ended up in the AL championship series.

Iglesias was listed first on five ballots. Archer and fellow pitcher Dan Straily of the Oakland Athletics each got one first-place vote.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Sportsbook: Pirates, Reds clash again
Akins: Diamond Trends - Tuesday
Rose: Who's Hot - AL Edition
Rays' Moore to have Tommy John
Yankees and Cubs postponed by rain
Indians vs Tigers postponed by rain
Internet head defends MLB replay
Ricketts: Cubs not interested in suburbs
Steinbrenner: 'I'm pretty content'
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
12-3 +1,057 L15, 20-8 +1,471 TY
6-2 Run, 9-1 G-Plays, +1,224 TY
6-2 L8, 15-5 L20, 20-8 +1,215 Run
10-5 Last 15 Selections
+936 Picks This Season
3-0 L3, 8-3 Guarantees This Year
7-3, +408 Last 10 Selections
4-1 Last 5 Guaranteed Plays
5-2 Record L7 Totals
4-1, +359 Last 5 Selections
20-7 L27 Over/Unders
3-1 L4 Guaranteed Plays
7-3 Last 10 Picks
4-1, +325 Last 5 Guarantees
Live Odds
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1571
Mike Rose + 1292
Bruce Marshall + 1197
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 888
Bruce Marshall + 718
John Fisher + 664
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 365
Joe Williams + 300
Michael Black + 296
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 873
Bruce Marshall + 570
Jeff White + 556
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 793
Mike Rose + 458
The Prez + 453
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 1398
Dave Cokin + 1216
Bruce Marshall + 469
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and recieve access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!