MLB: Arozarena and India win Rookie of the Year awards
Randy Arozarena of the Tampa Bay Rays and and Jonathan India of the Cincinnati Reds have been named the top rookies in the AL and NL, respectively.
The Tampa Bay Rays' Randy Arozarena and the Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India have been announced as Major League Baseball's Rookies of the Year for 2021.
Arozarena wins AL Rookie of the Year ahead of Franco, García
Rays outfielder Arozarena scooped American League (AL) honours after beating out team-mate Wander Franco and Luis García of the Houston Astros on Monday.
Arozarena led all rookies with a 4.1 WAR while compiling a .815 OPS as he hit 20 home runs and stole 20 bases – the 26-year-old becoming the third rookie in the last decade to compile a 20-20 campaign.
After helping the Rays clinch back-to-back AL East titles for the first time in franchise history with a record 100 wins before falling to the Boston Red Sox in the AL Division Series (ALDS), Arozarena became the fourth Tampa Bay player to win the Rookie of the Year.
"I know last year I had a pretty good year – a great year, actually," Arozarena said. "I know I was the favourite to be the Rookie of the Year this year. But my mind wasn't set on winning the award.
"My goal was to have another good year. There has been a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifices along the way, and the results at the end of the year made it a well-deserved prize."
India beats out Rodgers and Carlson to NL award
In the National League (NL), Cincinnati second baseman India claimed the ROTY prize.
The 24-year-old India edged Miami Marlins left-hander Trevor Rodgers and Dylan Carlson of the St Louis Cardinals to the award.
India – the eighth Reds player to receive the honour – led all MLB rookies in on-base percentage (.376), doubles (34), walks (71), runs scored (98) and games played (150), while ranking second in OPS (.835).
"I said at the beginning of the year this was my goal, my personal goal," said India, who became the first Reds second baseman to debut on Opening Day since 1963. "I don't set many personal goals for myself. I just had a feeling this was what I wanted."