Soto, Longoria Named Top Rookies
No surprises on the first day of awards season, as Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto and Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria were landslide winners of the National League and American League rookie of the year awards, respectively. Longoria won unanimously, while Soto missed by only one first-place vote.
Soto, 25, hit .285 with 23 homers and 86 RBI for the NL Central-champion Cubs, and becomes the first catcher to win a rookie of the year award in either league since Mike Piazza in 1993. The only other first place vote in the NL went to Cincinnati's Joey Votto, who finished second in overall balloting.
Longoria, 23, helped lead the upstart Rays to the World Series, despite starting the season in Class AAA and missing another month of the season with a wrist injury. He led all major league rookies with 27 homers and a .531 slugging percentage. Longoria received all 28 first-place votes, making him the first unanimous pick since Nomar Garciaparra in 1997, and easily outpacing Chicago's Alexis Ramirez and Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury in the balloting.
Next up: NL Cy Young on Tuesday.
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