The Results Are In: IBWAA 2021 Award Voting – Rookie of the Year
Two weeks ago I revealed my ballots for the various end of the year awards with the IBWAA. This week the IBWAA is announcing their 2021 award winners!
Check inside to see how the IBWAA voted and the comparisons to my ballot.
Today they revealed the AL and NL Rookies of the Year!
IBWAA PRESS RELEASE:
IBWAA SELECTS AROZARENA, INDIA IN 2021 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR VOTE
The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) announced the winners of the IBWAA Rookie of the Year awards Monday: Randy Arozarena of the Tampa Bay Rays and Jonathan India of the Cincinnati Reds. This is the IBWAA’s 13th annual election for these awards. All IBWAA members were eligible to vote.
Election results are as follows:
1st Place: Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays- 139 points
2nd Place: Adolis García, Texas Rangers- 76 points
3rd Place: Wander Franco, Tampa Bay Rays- 56 points
1st Place: Jonathan India, Cincinnati Reds- 191 points
2nd Place: Trevor Rogers, Miami Marlins- 112 points
3rd Place: Dylan Carlson, St. Louis Cardinals- 31 points
The IBWAA endeavors to serve the baseball writing community, representing more than 700 baseball content creators. We strive to increase visibility, networking, and opportunities for all of our members. Voting for full season awards takes place in September of each year, with selections announced in November. The IBWAA also holds Hall of Fame, preseason prediction, and All-Star Game voting.
Association membership is open to any and all Internet baseball writers and content creators. For more information please visit www.ibwaa.com.
How’d I Stack Up?
I correctly voted for the 1st and 2nd place finishers in the American League and I got all of the 3 finishers for the National League correct (though not in the correct order).
While the official number of voters was not released, we can assume the number of voters for this year. With 9 total points to award (5 for 1st place, 3 for 2nd place, 1 for 3rd place) we can estimate that around 35-50 voters contributed to the AL and/or NL Rookie of the Year vote. (Unfortunately the full results beyond whoever placed 3rd in each league were not announced.)
If so, it would appear that my ballot alone did not influence the final standings of this years ballot. (Unless of course Dylan Carlson beat out the 4th place NL Rookie by the point I gave to him.) For reference, my ballot looked like this:
1st Place: Randy Arozarena, Tampa Bay Rays
2nd Place: Adolis García, Texas Rangers
3rd Place: Luis Garcia, Houston Astros
1st Place: Trevor Rogers, Miami Marlins
2nd Place: Jonathan India, Cincinnati Reds
3rd Place: Dylan Carlson, St. Louis Cardinals
All-in-all, I’m pretty content going 5 for 6 out of my votes and who got placed. It’s nice to get confirmation that my thinking and logic isn’t far beyond the norm of other internet baseball writers and personalities.
If you’re interested, click here to find the complete collection for all of my IBWAA award voting for 2021.