The Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards are the most prestigious of all the postseason honors. So, we’ll have to wait until next month to see if Sox third baseman Gordon Beckham will receive the nod as the BBWAA American League Rookie of the Year. However, the good news came out today that the Sporting News, through the 338 major league players who voted, has selected GBeck as its AL rookie pick.
The choice of Beckham is especially welcome because he’s no sure bet to win the writers’ award. From all I’ve read and heard, Detroit’s Rick Porcello and Oakland’s Andrew Bailey, two outstanding rookie pitchers, seem to be the frontrunners. That said, maybe today’s news will prove to be a good omen for Gordon.
For the record, Beckham reached the majors on June 4 and hit .270 with 28 doubles, 14 homers and 63 RBI in 103 games for the Pale Hose.