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Braun to win Rookie of the Year?

Discussion in 'The Atrium' started by Pack93z, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

    Aug 1, 2005
    Look at how Braun compares to the list on the bottom of this article... that is some impressive company :thumbsup:


    Brewers’ Braun is lock for Rookie of Year award
    There is going to be a third baseman who wins a Rookie of the Year award, and there is going to be a player named Ryan Braun to be so honored. Neither of the items, however, have anything to do with the Royals.

    While Alex Gordon was a preseason favorite to win the award in the American League, it’s fellow third baseman Ryan Joseph Braun of Milwaukee (not to be confused with rookie Royals pitcher Ryan Zachary Braun) who is a shoo-in to win in the National League.

    Braun and teammate Prince Fielder have been the primary reasons the Brewers have managed to stay afloat atop the NL Central despite struggles up and down the lineup and, especially, in the bullpen. In fact, if Braun had been with the Brewers since opening day, he would be generating some serious MVP chatter.

    Braun didn’t debut with Milwaukee until May 25 but since then, he has hit .348/.392/.666 (average/on-base/slugging) with 22 homers, 59 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 70 games.

    The slugging average, if he qualifies (which he probably will if he doesn’t get hurt) and maintains the pace, will lead the majors by a wide margin. It’ll also break the big-league record for slugging average by a rookie. The current mark is .621 by the Cardinals’ George Watkins in 1930. The record for slugging by a 23-year old is .667, set by Willie Mays in 1954 and matched by Albert Pujols in 2003.

    Braun didn’t exactly come out of nowhere — he led the Brewers with five homers and a .912 slugging percentage in spring training. There was a minor clamor in Milwaukee when Braun was sent down before the start of the season. It’s too bad. At his current pace, Braun would have 36 homers and 99 RBIs already if he had been with the Brewers all season.

    Perhaps the most awe-inspiring aspect of Braun’s dossier: His hitting against lefties. What Braun has done to southpaws is illegal in several Southern states. Through Sunday, Braun was hitting .462/.527/1.013 with 11 home runs against lefties in 91 plate appearances. Ouch.

    As for Gordon, well, he’s hitting .309/.352/.515 since June 6 but it doesn’t look as if he’s going to be able to recover from his slow start in time to receive any postseason accolades. Nevertheless, there probably aren’t many Royals fans who would be willing to deal Gordon straight up for Braun. Nor should there be. But it’s going to be fun watching these guys develop over the next decade.


    Rookie sensation

    Ryan Braun has a chance to set a record for slugging average by a 23-year-old and joins some pretty heady company atop the list.

    23-year-old Year Slg. Pct.
    Willie Mays 1954 .667
    Albert Pujols 2003 .667
    Ryan J. Braun 2007 .666*
    Ted Williams 1942 .648
    Hal Trosky 1936 .644
    Juan Gonzalez 1993 .632
    Mark McGwire 1987 .618
    Ken Griffey Jr. 1993 .617
    Mickey Mantle 1955 .611
    Orlando Cepeda 1961 .609
    Reggie Jackson 1969 .608
    * through Sunday
  2. gopackgo

    gopackgo Cheesehead

    Sep 12, 2006
    I am a Cardinal fan and I would love for this guy to win it. He has been absolutely outstanding for you guys. Braun really is the only reason right now the Brewers are holding on to first place.

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