At the end of the 2015 MLB season, everyone knew that Chicago Cubs phenom Kris Bryant would be the National League's Rookie of the Year. The only question was how wide of a margin he'd win by. Last night, we got our answer: it was unanimous.
The Baseball Writers' Association of America announced the winners of American and National League Rookies of the Year yesterday, and in the NL Bryant received all 30 first place votes. This makes him only the 20th player to win Rookie of the Year unanimously.
Bryant helped lead a massive turnaround for the Cubs, which saw they go from last place in the NL Central in 2014 to the NLCS this year. He hit .275 in 151 games, with 26 home runs and 99 RBIs.
"It's awesome," Bryant said. "Obviously, Matt [Duffy] and Jung Ho [Kang] had really good seasons and a lot of the other guys, too, a lot of the other rookies that I played with and against. So many people were deserving of this award, and it truly is an honor for me to win it."
Here's a highlight reel put together by the Cubs showcasing Bryant's big year:
Voting in the AL was much closer, with Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa winning with 17 first-place votes. Cleveland Indians POS Francisco Lindor was a close second with 13 first-place votes. Correa hit .279 in 99 games in 2015, with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs.
"I had a great team around me, guys like [Jose] Altuve and [George] Springer that taught me how to go about my business in the right way every single day," Correa said. "It was fun just to play with them and play around them with the fun team that is the Houston Astros."
And here's Correa's highlight reel:
There are three major awards left to be announced: Manager of the Year (tonight), Cy Young (Wednesday), and MVP (Thursday). After that, we can focus all out attention on Winter Meetings!
Kid Reporter Max Ferregur interviewed Kris Bryant at the 2014 Futures Game, a year before his breakout season with the Cubs. Click here to watch it!
Photos: David Banks/Getty Images (Bryant), Bob Levey/Getty Images (Correa)