However, Austin Jackson was in some rarified air. He joins only three other rookies EVER to accomplish the following:
180 hits, 100 runs, 30 doubles, 10 triples, and 25 stolen bases
The other three blokes?
Hanley Ramirez, Juan Samuel, and Shoeless Joe Jackson
That's not enough for Rookie of the Year for sobbing out loud?
Apparently that effort was good for only eight first place votes. Puh-leeze tell me this is a crazed nightmare and I will soon awake in a cold sweat. Eight out of 28 first place votes? Did the esteemed BBWAA writers watch Young Jackson in action at all this season? Did they not see at least twelve catches in which it at first appeared that there was no chance at all that Jackson would catch up to the ball? He hauled it in each and every time. He saved a Perfect Game. He made countless over the shoulder catches. He hit the ball. Well.
Ok. I'm done whining. I apologize, but my feelings were just a mite wounded this afternoon around two o'clock.