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.”