Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Unanimous - Longoria AL's Top Rookie

By JC De La Torre

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria won the American League Rookie of the Year award, awarded by the Baseball Writers Association of America by a unanimous vote.

The award is just another feat in a season of firsts for Tampa Bay. Longoria was only the 7th rookie to get a unanimous vote for the award. The good news for the Rays is this youngster is locked up until 2016 with a $44 million contract.

"It's so special. It's tough to put into words," Longoria said on a nationwide conference call after the announcement. "Obviously I appreciate every vote - every player who recognized me and every writer who thought I was No. 1."

The Tampa Bay Sports Blog would like to issue our congrats to Evan Longoria.

Stay tuned, as Joe Maddon is next as he is up for Manager of the Year.

JC De La Torre is an author of Science Fiction/Fantasy and other realms of Speculative Fiction - check out his latest works at JC Delatorre.com

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