The BBWAA end-of-season awards will be announced next week, but who cares about those guys? We're independent journalists, dammit, and we demand to have our voices heard! Or something. So each year the SB Nation baseball network (30 team-specific sites, six general baseball blogs, and Baseball Nation) conduct our own awards voting. A majority of our sites are statistically inclined and we generally skew more toward modern analytical coverage than the BBWAA as a whole.
Does that enlightened approach mean we arrive at more typically rational results than the mainstream media? Sometimes, but we're also subject to a different kind of bias than the proudly dispassionate newsies: We have an actual rooting interest here, and that can often color our judgment of teams and players. Newspapermen are likewise prone to homerism toward the players they cover, but it's still a different dynamic when you're paid to be objective versus the pronounced subjectivity of a team blogger.
Preamble aside, here are the top three vote-getters for the National League Rookie Of The Year:
Here are the ballots turned in by Amazin' Avenue:
- Craig Kimbrel
- Freddie Freeman
- Vance Worley
Though neither Chris nor Rob voted for him, Lucas Duda did receive a second-place vote.
The full SB Nation Baseball NL ROY results are after the jump.