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November 1, 2000

Internet Baseball Awards

Rookie of the Year

by Baseball Prospectus

American League

Perhaps not everyone considers him a rookie, but 32-year-old Kazuhiro Sasaki convinced enough voters to win the 2000 IBA Rookie of the Year award in the American League.

The voting pattern indicates that Sasaki's age and experience in the Japanese Leagues may have been a factor. He appeared on 57 fewer ballots than runner-up Terrence Long, but was the top selection of more than 60% of those who did include him.

Mark Quinn and Barry Zito were the clear #3 and #4 choices.

Player Name             1    2    3      B      P
Kazuhiro Sasaki       371  158   86    615   2415
Terrence Long         282  266  124    672   2332
Mark Quinn             98  180  218    496   1248
Barry Zito             57  124  130    311    787
Ben Molina             17   34   65    116    252
Adam Kennedy           10   38   55    103    219
Mark Redman            19   20   31     70    186
Russell Branyan         8    5   33     46     88
Kelly Wunsch            3   15   15     33     75
Mark Mulder             4    5   10     19     45
Tomo Ohka               4    5   10     19     45
Adam Piatt              1    6   16     23     39
Mike Lamb               1    4    5     10     22
Steve Cox               1    2    7     10     18
Kip Wells               2    2    2      6     18
Carlos Guillen          0    4    5      9     17
Ramon Ortiz             0    3    2      5     11
Robert Fick             1    1    0      2      8
Scott Sheldon           1    1    0      2      8
Jon Garland             0    2    1      3      7
Chris Richard           0    0    5      5      5
Jay Canizaro            0    1    0      1      3
Francisco Cordero       0    1    0      1      3
Doug Davis              0    1    0      1      3
Jose Macias             0    1    0      1      3
Chad Moeller            0    1    0      1      3
Mark Buerhle            0    0    1      1      1
Matt LeCroy             0    0    1      1      1
Luis Matos              0    0    1      1      1
Rob Ramsay              0    0    1      1      1
Chris Woodard           0    0    1      1      1
TOTAL                 880  880  825   2585   7865

National League

The National League rookie voting was just as close, with Rick Ankiel edging Rafael Furcal by fewer than 100 points.

Unlike the AL race, the NL balloting was a two-man affair. Ankiel and Furcal each received more first- and second-place votes than everyone else combined. Mitch Meluskey edged Pat Burrell for third place.

Player Name             1    2    3      B      P
Rick Ankiel           377  331   82    790   2960
Rafael Furcal         371  300  113    784   2868
Mitch Meluskey         49   81  168    298    656
Pat Burrell            26   74  175    275    527
Jay Payton             50   46   96    192    484
Adam Eaton              4   14   50     68    112
Matt Herges             3    3   15     21     39
Chuck Smith             0    6   13     19     31
Tony Armas Jr.          0    6   12     18     30
Brad Penny              0    6   11     17     29
Julio Lugo              0    3   11     14     20
Juan Pierre             1    3    3      7     17
A.J. Burnett            0    3    6      9     15
Brian Tollberg          1    0    9     10     14
Armando Almanza         2    0    1      3     11
Peter Bergeron          0    1    8      9     11
Wade Miller             0    2    5      7     11
Scott Strickland        1    0    5      6     10
Wiki Gonzalez           1    1    0      2      8
Jimmy Anderson          0    2    1      3      7
Geoff Blum              0    2    1      3      7
Milton Bradley          0    1    3      4      6
Ray King                1    0    1      2      6
Gary Matthews Jr.       1    0    1      2      6
Vincente Padilla        0    1    3      4      6
Chris Truby             0    1    3      4      6
Jason Boyd              1    0    0      1      5
Eric Gagne              0    1    1      2      4
Calvin Murray           0    1    1      2      4
Ben Petrick             0    0    4      4      4
Rob Bell                0    0    1      1      1
Daniel Garibay          0    0    1      1      1
Rubin Quevedo           0    0    1      1      1
TOTAL                 889  889  805   2583   7917

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