Each year since 1946, Sporting News has handed out their awards to the best players through the MLB regular season. After his outstanding year, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has been named the NL Rookie Player of the Year.
Unlike the MVP or Cy Young award, Sporting News’ award winners are selected by a panel of 167 players from each league. Those players selected Bryant by a wide margin over any other rookie, receiving more than 75 percent of the votes.
Kris Bryant, Cubs — 127 Matt Duffy, Giants — 22 Jung Ho Kang, Pirates — 5 Joc Pederson, Dodgers — 3 Kyle Schwarber, Cubs — 3 Maikel Franco, Phillies — 2 Chris Heston, Giants — 2 Other — 3
Bryant played in all but 11 games for the Cubs this season, eight of which came before he was called up to the big league team.
On the year, Bryant hit .275 in the regular season with 99 RBI and 26 home runs. Bryant was named to the NL All-Star team this season and participated, albeit briefly, in the home run derby. He set franchise records for both home runs and RBI in a rookie season.
Bryant joins the likes of Billy Williams, Ken Hubbs, Mark Grace, Kerry Wood and Geovany Soto as fellow winners of the Sporting News award.
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