Give the Baseball Writers Association of America an A. This one they got right.
In a unanimous vote this past week, the BBWAA named Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros the American League Rookie of The Year for 2019. Concurrently, Pete Alonso of the New York Mets captured 29 of 30 first place votes to win National League’s top rookie honors.
Originally, Alvarez was a top prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers system. However, in 2016 he was dealt to Houston for pitcher Josh Fields. Three years later, the 22-year-old burst upon the big league scene, making his debut on June 9.
Alonso, also known as the Polar Bear, is well known locally by fans of the Madison Mallards of Wisconsin’s Northwoods League. Following his tenure with the Mallards, Alonso became the property of the Mets. Working his way through New York’s minor league system, in 2018 playing at Triple-A, Alonso belted 36 home runs, effectively punching his ticket to the Major Leagues.
For both Alvarez and Alonso, their coming-out party of 2019 was historic. Despite his somewhat late call up, Alvarez was a key component in Houston’s pennant race. In his very first game the rookie put…