Monday, November 16, 2009

Card #'s 235 and #275 Now Officially Belong to...

Last week, I mentioned that Topps reserved six cards for the AL and NL award winners that were going to be announced this week. Now we know who gets both card #'s 235 and #275.

Congratulations to both Andrew Bailey of the Oakland Athletics and Chris Coghlan of the Florida Marlins for winning the American League and National League Rookies of the Year Awards. Until the announcements were made this afternoon, it was anybody's guess as to who would win either award, as both leagues had many worthy candidates.

Card #235 will now be of Bailey, the Athletics' All-Star closer (88 points, 13 first-place votes), who beat out a field that included Elvis Andrus of the Rangers (65, 8), Rick Porcello of the Tigers (64, 7), Jeff Niemann of the Rays (21 points), Gordon Beckham of the White Sox (10), and teammate Brett Anderson (4).

Card #275 now goes to native Floridian Coghlan, the Marlins left fielder and leadoff hitter (105 points, 17 first-place votes). He beat out ten other players for the award, including J. A. Happ of the Phillies (94, 10), Tommy Hanson of the Braves (37, 2), Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (25, 2), Casey McGehee of the Brewers (18, 1), Randy Wells of the Cubs (3 points), Garrett Jones of the Pirates (2), Everth Cabrera of the Padres (1), Dexter Fowler of the Rockies (1), Gerardo Parra of the Diamondbacks(1), and Colby Rasmus of the Cardinals (1).

So begins a wild week were debates will come fast and furious. Did your guy win???


JayBee Anama

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