Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A little recognition never hurts

By now, I'm sure most of you have heard that Neftali Feliz won the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award.

I was glad to see Feliz get the award after his rookie record 40 save season. I didn't realize until I read it here that he was the first Ranger to win the award since Mike Hargrove won in 1974. That's a long time.

In that long drought, every other American League team won at least one ROY award, including one team that isn't in the A.L. anymore. Let's look back at all the teams that had a ROY since the Rangers last one.

Texas Rangers--2
Mike Hargrove, '74
Neftali Feliz, '10

Boston Red Sox--3
Fred Lynn, '75
Nomar Garciaparra, '97
Dustin Pedroia, '07

Detroit Tigers--3
Mark Fidrych, '76
Lou Whitaker, '78
Justin Verlander, '06

Baltimore Orioles--3
Eddie Murray, '77
Cal Ripken Jr., '82
Gregg Olson, '89

Minnesota Twins--3
John Castino, '79(co-ROY)
Chuck Knoblauch, '91
Marty Cordova, '95

Toronto Blue Jays--2
Alfredo Griffin, '79(co-ROY)
Eric Hinske, '02

Cleveland Indians--2
Joe Charboneau, '80
Sandy Alomar Jr., '90

New York Yankees--2
Dave Righetti, '81
Derek Jeter, '96

Chicago White Sox--2
Ron Kittle, '83
Ozzie Guillen, '85

Seattle Mariners--3
Alvin Davis, '84
Kazuhiro Suzuki, '00
Ichiro Suzuki, '01

Oakland Athletics--7
Jose Canseco, '86
Mark McGwire, '87
Walt Weiss, '88
Ben Grieve, '98
Bobby Crosby, '04
Huston Street, '05
Andrew Bailey, '09

Pat Listach, '92

California Angels--1
Tim Salmon, '93

Kansas City--3
Bob Hamelin, '94
Carlos Beltran, '99
Angel Berroa, '03

Tampa Bay Rays--1
Evan Longoria, '08

The seven ROY awards Oakland has landed is quite impressive.

I did this little exercise to see which team is now on the clock as having gone the longest without a ROY Award and that team would be...the Chicago White Sox. Their last ROY was Ozzie Guillen in 1985.


  1. The Dodgers have had 9 rookies of the year since 1974.

  2. That's amazing NO. I was going to do the same thing for the National League, but it's still too soon for me to do a positive post about the Giants and Buster Posey.