Steve Sax of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been named the National League’s Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America, edging out Pittsburgh’s Johnny Ray by six points.
It’s become an award reserved only for members of the Dodgers, who have now won in four consecutive seasons. Other members of the Dodgers Rookie of the Year Club include Rick Sutcliffe (1979), Steve Howe (1980) and Fernando Valenzuela (1981). So, which new member of the Dodgers will win in 1983? Mike Marshall?
Sax squeaked by with only nine of a possible 24 first place votes. Five different players received first place votes with Ray (six), Willie McGee of the Cardinals (five), Chili Davis of the Giants (five) and Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs (one) receiving the other votes.
The honor is, however, not unanimously recognized. Ray has been named Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News, with Sax taking second.
|Player – Tm||Pts||1st||AVG||HR||RBI||W||ERA||SV|
|Steve Sax, LAD||63||9||.282||4||47|
|Johnny Ray, PIT||57||6||.281||7||63|
|Willie McGee, STL||39||5||.296||4||56|
|Chili Davis, SFG||32||3||.261||19||76|
|Luis DeLeon, SDP||10||0||.091||0||0||9||2.03||15|
|R Sandberg, CHC||9||1||.271||7||54|
|S Bedrosian, ATL||4||0||.038||0||0||8||2.42||11|
|Dave LaPoint, STL||1||0||.053||0||1||9||3.42||0|
|Eric Show, SDP||1||0||.146||0||0||10||2.64||3|