Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez took 29 of 30 first-place votes on his way to winning the 2022 American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year.
Rodriguez, who was the only player to be named on every ballot, is the eighth center fielder to win the American League award, the most recent was another Seattle winner, Kyle Lewis, in 2020. The others were Mike Trout in 2012, Carlos Beltran in 1999, Fred Lynn in 1975, Tommie Agee in 1966, Bob Allison in 1959 and Albie Pearson in 1958. There have been eight center fielders who won in the National League.
This marks the fifth time a Seattle player has been honored. In addition to Lewis, other Mariners winners were Alvin Davis in 1984, Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2000 and Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.
Rodriguez is the fourth Dominican-born player honored in the AL. The others were Alfredo Griffin in 1979 (co-winner with John Castino), Angel Berroa in 2003 and Neftali Feliz in 2010. NL winners born in the Dominican Republic: Raul Mondesi (1994), Rafael Furcal (2000), Albert Pujols (2001) and Hanley Ramirez (2006).
Ballots, submitted prior to postseason play, were cast by two writers representing each league city. They are tabulated on a system that awards five points for first place, three points for second place, one point for third place.
2022 AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year
|Julio Rodriguez, Mariners||29||1||148|
|Adley Rutschman, Orioles||1||18||9||68|
|Steven Kwan, Guardians||10||14||44|
|Bobby Witt Jr., Royals||1||4||7|
|Jeremy Peña, Astros||2||2|
|George Kirby, Mariners||1||1|
Below is a breakdown of the 30 individual ballots, submitted by two writers representing each city in the American League. For more information on the voting, see our Voting FAQ.
|Dave Ginsburg||Associated Press||BAL||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Witt Jr.|
|Scot Gregor||Daily Herald||CHI||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Kwan|
|Tom Withers||Associated Press||CLE||Rodriguez||Kwan||Witt Jr.|
|Evan Woodbery||MLive Media Group||DET||Rodriguez||Kwan||Rutschman|
|Kristie Rieken||The Associated Press||HOU||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Kirby|
|David Brown||Bally Sports||KC||Rodriguez||Kwan||Rutschman|
|Vahe Gregorian||The Kansas City Star||KC||Rodriguez||Witt Jr.||Peña|
|Nobuhiro Saito||Nikkan Sports News||LA||Rodriguez||Kwan||Rutschman|
|Jeff Fletcher||OC Register||LA||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Kwan|
|Dave Campbell||Associated Press||MIN||Rodriguez||Kwan||Rutschman|
|Dan Hayes||The Athletic||MIN||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Kwan|
|Pete Caldera||Bergen Record||NY||Rodriguez||Kwan||Rutschman|
|Erik Boland||New York Newsday||NY||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Kwan|
|Steve Kroner||San Francisco Chronicle||OAK||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Kwan|
|Melissa Lockard||The Athletic||OAK||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Witt Jr.|
|Matt Calkins||Seattle Times||SEA||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Kwan|
|Tim Booth||The Associated Press||SEA||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Kwan|
|Marc Topkin||Tampa Bay Times||TB||Rodriguez||Kwan||Rutschman|
|Evan Grant||Dallas Morning News||TEX||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Kwan|
|Jaeho Kim||MK Sports||TEX||Rodriguez||Rutschman||Kwan|
|Ben Nicholson-Smith||Sportsnet.ca||TOR||Rutschman||Rodriguez||Witt Jr.|