Articles by Jeff Fletcher

Phillies slugger Ryan Howard wins NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

Ryan Howard, who took over for injured Jim Thome at first base for the Philadelphia Phillies and led all first-year players in the major leagues in home runs with 22, was elected the National League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award by the Baseball Writers’ Association…


A’s closer Huston Street wins Rookie of the Year

Huston Street, who emerged as the closing reliever for the Oakland Athletics in the second month of the 2005 season, was named the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Street, 22, was listed first on…


Ryne Sandberg, Wade Boggs elected to Hall of Fame

Wade Boggs, winner of five American League batting titles, and Ryne Sandberg, winner of nine National League Gold Glove Awards, shared the ultimate prize Tuesday in being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in voting verified by Ernst & Young. They…


Vladimir Guerrero wins MVP in his AL debut

Anaheim Angels right fielder Vladimir Guerrero made his first season in the American League a memorable one by winning the Most Valuable Player Award in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Guerrero, 28, was named first on 21 of the 28 ballots submitted by two writers from…


Barry Bonds wins 4th straight MVP

San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds continued his dominance in Most Valuable Player Award balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America by winning the National League election for the seventh time, including the fourth consecutive season. No other player in either league has won the award more than…


Johan Santana wins Cy Young unanimously

Minnesota Twins lefthander Johan Santana was a unanimous selection of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as the American League Cy Young Award winner. Santana, 25, received all 28 first-place votes cast by two writers from each AL city for a perfect score of 140 points, based on a 5-3-1…


Rangers’ skipper Buck Showalter wins 2nd Manager of the Year

Buck Showalter, who had the Texas Rangers in contention for an American League West title or a wild-card playoff berth into the final week of the season, was elected AL Manager of the Year in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. In his second season with the Rangers,…


Roger Clemens wins 7th Cy Young

Roger Clemens, who came out of retirement and helped his hometown Houston Astros qualify for postseason play as the National League wild card entry, added to his eventual Hall of Fame credentials by being named the NL Cy Young Award winner in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America balloting. It…


Bobby Cox wins Manager of the Year

Bobby Cox, who guided the Atlanta Braves to an unprecedented 13th consecutive division title, was elected National League Manager of the Year in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Cox, 63, a perennial contender in this election, won the award for the second time in the NL and…


Jason Bay is first Pirate to win Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

Outfielder Jason Bay became the first member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the first native Canadian to win the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in the National League balloting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Bay, 26, from Trail, British Columbia, batted .282 with 26 home…