Kannapolis native Corey Seager was named the unanimous winner of the 2016 Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday. He hit .308 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs for the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Seager had a historic season for a rookie shortstop. He joined former Boston Red Sox great Nomar Garciaparra as the only rookie shortstops in MLB history to hit 25 home runs and score 100 runs in a season.
Seager, 22, is the 17th Dodgers player to earn rookie of the year honors and first since Todd Hollandsworth won in 1996. It’s awesome to bring it back to L.A.,” Seager said. “It’s known as an organization for winning all those rookies of the year, with Tommy Lasorda and all them. It’s cool to be connected to all the guys that came before you.” Hall of Famer Mike Piazza and Raul Mondesi were the only Dodgers to previously win the rookie of the year in a unanimous vote.
Honors keep coming Corey Seager’s way. He became the first Dodger’s shortstop to win a Silver Slugger Award and is also one of three finalists for the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, with the Washington Nationals’ Daniel Murphy and the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce the winner of the NL MVP on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. ET on the MLB Network.