Monday, November 10, 2008

Geovany Soto Wins NL ROY

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto ran away with the National League Rookie of the Year award, becoming the fifth Chicago Cub in history to win the honor.

Soto beat out Joey Votto by a margin of 158 to 76 points. Geo received 31 of 32 first place votes as the award is a fitting tribute to his great season. Soto hit .285 with 23 homers and 86 RBI and became the first National League rookie catcher to start in the All-Star Game. The 23 home runs marked a record for a Cubs rookie catcher and with 35 doubles, he became the first rookie catcher with 20 homers and 30 doubles.

Not only was Soto impressive at the dish, but the rookie catcher was constantly praised for his work with the pitching staff, including being behind the plate for Zambrano's no-hitter in September.

In the American League, the award went to Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria. White Sox second baseman Alexei Ramirez came in second place.

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