I know what a lot of you (including my brother) are thinking: Baseball? In late-November? C'mon man. Well tough luck, because we're talking baseball this post.
The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year was named today -- as was the American League's, but we don't care too much about that -- and the winner of this year's award, as voted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, is the Marlins' LF Chris Coghlan. Coghlan won the award in a close vote over Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ, making him the third Marlins player to win the award, joining Dontrelle Willis and Hanley Ramirez.
For the season, Coghlan batted .321 for the Marlins as the team's lead-off hitter once Emilio Bonifacio was taken out of that role. He also hit nine home runs and batted in 47 runs, while scoring 84. Coghlan was called up in May, but after the All-Star break he had 113 hits, which is the most by any NL hitter -- rookie or veteran -- in the last 45 years.
It's an eye-popping stat when you think about it. Then, add in that Coghlan led all NL rookies in batting average, runs, hits, total bases and OBP (.390) and it's pretty clear that Coghlan was deserving of the award.
I guess all that campaigning that Tommy Hutton and Rich Waltz did for Cogs in the booth at the end of the season really helped out.