#Cubs Bryant wins MLB Players Choice rookie award
Kris Bryant’s breakout rookie season with the Cubs was recognized by his peers as the third baseman was named the Major League Baseball Players Association National League Outstanding Rookie for 2015 on Monday night. Bryant, 23, was voted the award by his peers, winning over the Giants’ Matt Duffy and the Pirates’ Jung-ho Kang. The winner was announced on MLB Network.
Bryant led all rookies in RBIs (99), doubles (31), and runs (87), and was second in walks (77) while batting .275. The only player in Major League history to reach 26 homers, 99 RBIs, 31 doubles, 87 runs and 77 walks in his rookie season was Boston’s Ted Williams in 1939.
The Players Trust will donate $20,000 to the charity of Bryant’s choice, and he picked the Wounded Warriors Project.
“They’re fighting for our freedom,” Bryant said Monday. “Baseball puts you in a position to give back, and to be able to do that means a lot.”
Bryant will find out on Nov. 16 whether he’ll be honored by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the top rookie. Monday’s prize came courtesy of his peers.
“It’s a huge honor for guys you play against day in day out, to vote for you,” Bryant said. “My goal was just to play and help the team win, and I wound up being Rookie of the Year. It was a lot of fun.”
In his rookie season, Bryant was named a National League All-Star, and his 26 homers set a Cubs rookie record, topping Billy Williams’ mark of 25 set in 1961. Bryant also now holds the franchise record in RBIs, extra-base hits, and total bases.
— Carrie Muskat