LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named the Players Choice Award winner for National League Outstanding Rookie by the Major League Baseball Players Association on Wednesday.Seager, who was previously named NL Rookie of the Year by Sporting News and a finalist for the Baseball Writers' Association of America
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named the Players Choice Award winner for National League Outstanding Rookie by the Major League Baseball Players Association on Wednesday.
Seager, who was previously named NL Rookie of the Year by Sporting News and a finalist for the Baseball Writers' Association of America Jackie Robinson NL Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards, beat out Washington's Trea Turner and St. Louis' Aledmys Díaz for the Players Choice honor.
"That's awesome -- to be voted by your peers, it's a little more special for me," Seager said. "Same thing with the All-Star Game [selected by player vote], it's nice to see your peers and the people you play against every day have that mutual respect for you."
The 22-year-old Seager rewrote much of the franchise record book for first-year players. His 26 home runs were a Dodgers record for a shortstop, and he set Los Angeles Dodgers rookies marks for hits (193), runs (105) and doubles (40). The 193 hits were the most for a Major League rookie since 2001 (Ichiro Suzuki and Albert Pujols).
The 18th overall pick in the 2012 Draft, Seager was the youngest Dodgers position player named to an NL All-Star team and their first rookie shortstop All-Star since Billy Grabarkewitz in 1970. He is the fifth L.A. Dodger with a 25-homer/40-double season and he led Major League rookies in games played, hits, runs, doubles, RBIs, multihit games and walks. He joined with Kyle Seager of the Mariners as the first set of brothers with at least 25 homers each in the same season.
According to Stats, LLC, Seager joined Dusty Baker, Mike Piazza and Pujols as the only players in the divisional era (since 1969) to rank in the NL's top 10 in batting average (.308) and slugging percentage (.512). He was second in the league overall with 57 multihit games, fourth with 321 total bases and seventh with a .308 average. The Dodgers nominated him for the Hank Aaron Award as their most outstanding offensive performer.
During the regular season, Seager had four multihomer games, including a three-homer game June 3 against Atlanta. Although votes must be submitted before postseason games are played, Seager also became the first rookie in big league history to drive in the first run of four games in the same postseason, which included a pair of home runs.
With each award, the Players Association donates $20,000 to a charity chosen by the winner. Previous Dodgers winners of the Outstanding Rookie award were Todd Hollandsworth in 1996 and Raul Mondesi in '94.
Other Dodgers finalists for this year's Players Choice Awards were Justin Turner (Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award), Clayton Kershaw (NL Outstanding Pitcher), Rich Hill (NL Comeback Player) and Seager (Majestic Athletic Always Game Award).
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.