In which Jeremy Guthrie is the Rodney Dangerfield of the American League

Not a single vote for Rookie of the Year? Not one vote? After the fully deserving Dustin Pedroia, who’s the competition? Delmon Young got 3 first-place votes and 12 second-place votes. You can make a case that a 21-year-old who can hit in the major leagues at all is a pretty special commodity, but still, a .316 OBP and 127 strikeouts is not what you want to see from your right fielder. 16 people thought Brian Bannister was one of the top 3 rookies this year, with one voter ranking him first. Guthrie struck out almost twice as many in just a few more innings and had a better ERA, 3.70 to 3.87. Daisuke Matsuzaka had an ERA of 4.40 and went 15-12 for a 96-66 Red Sox team, and he got votes. Reggie Willits is an outfielder who came to the plate over 500 times without hitting a home run, and two people thought he was the year’s second-best rookie.

You know how many Red Sox starters had a better ERA than Jeremy Guthrie? Just Beckett. The Rockies? Nobody. Guthrie pitched well enough to be in the front of the rotation of a championship team. And not one person thought he was even the third best rookie in the league.

This is the most heinous crime committed against a Guthrie since Tom Morello, Slash, Perry Farrell, Les Claypool, Wayne Kramer, and Nuno Betancourt covered “This Land Is Your Land.”

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2 thoughts on “In which Jeremy Guthrie is the Rodney Dangerfield of the American League

  1. Jonk says:

    I’m not sure, but I don’t think Guthrie was eligible due to being on the active roster for too many days in past seasons. Innings pitched or at-bats aren’t the only determinants.

  2. JSE says:

    He’s listed as one of the contenders for the award in this article on MLB’s website, so if he was ineligible there’s some bad fact-checking over there. I’m not sure about his eligibility, but I didn’t find anything on line _talking_ about his eligibility, and he was certainly in the ROY discussion all year long without the issue ever coming up (as far as I heard.)

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