Articles by Jeff Fletcher

A’s Bobby Crosby wins Rookie of the Year

For the second consecutive year, a shortstop was the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award as Bobby Crosby of the Oakland Athletics was a near unanimous choice in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Crosby, 24, tabbed to succeed former AL…


Barry Bonds’ MVP streak runs to 3

San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds, who persevered through a difficult time in his personal life, extended his record in Most Valuable Player Award voting with his sixth election in the 2003 National League balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Bonds, whose father Bobby died in August,…


Alex Rodriguez wins AL MVP

Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez was named the American League Most Valuable Player in a tightly contested election in which 10 players received first-place votes, one short of the record set in the AL in 1977. There were also 10 players to receive first-place votes in the National League election…


Dominant Dodgers’ closer Eric Gagne wins Cy Young Award

Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers ended Randy Johnson’s four-year hold on the National League Cy Young Award by winning the 2003 election of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Gagne, 27, who converted all 55 of his save opportunities during the season and became the first pitcher with…


Roy Halladay runs away with Cy Young race

Toronto Blue Jays righthander Roy Halladay was an overwhelming choice of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as the American League Cy Young Award winner for 2003. Halladay, 26, was named first on 26 ballots and second on the other two of ballots cast by two writers from each league…


Jack McKeon wins Manager of the Year after turning around Marlins

Jack McKeon, who took over the Florida Marlins when they had a 16-22 record and led them to a wild-card playoff berth, was elected National League Manager of the Year in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. McKeon, at 72 the third oldest manager in history behind…


Tony Pena wins Manager of the Year

Tony Pena, who guided the Kansas City Royals into contention in the American League Central following the first 100-loss season in franchise history, was elected AL Manager of the Year in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Pena, 46, Kansas City’s manager since May 15, 2002, led…


Dontrelle Willis wins NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis became the first member of the Florida Marlins to win a BBWAA award in the franchise’s 11 seasons as he was named the National League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award. Willis, 21, was listed first on 17 of the 32 ballots cast…


Royals’ Angel Berroa wins AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year

Shortstop Angel Berroa of the Kansas City Royals was elected the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award by a narrow margin over left fielder Hideki Matsui of the New York Yankees in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Berroa, 25, who…