Miguel Cabrera earned himself a Silver Slugger award for thirdbase and now Hanley Ramirez becomes the 2006 NL Rookie of the year.
And that last bit of info could be classified as a bit of a surprise, considering the accomplishments of his teammates, Josh Johnson, Scott Olsen, Dan Uggla, Anibal Sanchez and Josh Willingham among them. In fact, just as impressive is where these rookies all finished up in the voting – Uggla 3rd, Johnson 4th, Olsen 10th, Sanchez 11th and Willingham 12th. Mike Jacobs put together a solid year, in his first of starting duty as well.
But it is Hanley Ramirez that comes away with the ROY hardware, showing a blend of speed and power this season while putting on a slick fielding display that shows he is a promising two way star for this franchise.
Congratulations to both Hanley Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera for their accomplishments. And congratulations to the other Marlins who placed in the rookie standings with their strong showing. This was quite a season for the Marlins as they fielded a major league record of rookies and even saw 4 of their rookie starters grab double digit wins in their first year (Olsen, Sanchez, Johnson and Nolasco).