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The Nerds Win: Shohei Ohtani Wins The AL Rookie of the Year Even Though He Missed Half Of The Season

Of course LOL. I’m going to attempt to be rational here because frankly I’m not in the least bit surprised. Ohtani is a nerd orgasm wrapped into an MLB player. He pitches, he hits, his WAR and other sabermetric stats are higher than Miguel Andujar’s. The MLB Writers love these stats. Jon Heyman and Brian Kenny cum over these stats and don’t care that Ohtani barely played in 5 games this season. If you watched baseball with your eyeball and not a stat sheet you would see Miguel Andujar should have been the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year.

Now I already know every comment to this blog will be “cry Hubbs cry” and that’s fine. I can’t alter biased stupidity. But I legit do not understand how you can vote for Shohei Ohtani to win the Rookie of the Year in the year 2018. For those of you that made it this far in the blog and want to hear rational Hubbs here you go:

The impact Miguel Andujar had on the 2018 New York Yankees compared to Ohtani’s with LA was not close in my mind. I genuinely believe Miggy was New York’s offensive MVP throughout the whole season. Keep in mind that team won 100 games. The man wasn’t even on the Opening Day roster, but injuries to Brandon Drury gave him his shot to shine. He took it and ran with it, keeping an eventual healthy Drury trapped in AAA with no shot to come up. It wasn’t close. Andujar raked from the get-go and never stopped. He finished the year with the highest batting average on the team, .297 (second among rookies), while hitting 27 homers (tied for first in rookies) and 92 RBIs (second). Andujar led all rookies in hits (170), doubles (47), extra base hits (76), and multi-hit games (53). Andujar tied the MLB record for doubles as a rookie, and broke the Yankees one. He was a machine all year long and unlike a certain coward, didn’t sit out versus lefties and didn’t get hurt for an extended period of time. There was one issue that came up with Andujar’s body of work…he didn’t pitch.

He’ll have to work on it in the offseason if he’s ever going to get respect from the nerds, but Miguel Andujar can’t pitch. If he was able to muster up the courage to throw a whopping 51.2 innings (10 fucking starts) then maybe he would have gotten more votes. On the real, people are acting like Ohtani made 30 fucking starts and was a Cy Young candidate. He barely made ten before tearing his arm to shreds. What are we talking about? Andujar had his troubles in the field for sure, but Ohtani didn’t even bother going out there to try.

I’ve said for the last few months that if you didn’t vote for Gary Sanchez in 2016 for AL ROY then you can’t vote for Ohtani based off the same principal. He missed almost half of the season. The impact he had on the Angels was not close to Andujar’s. Is that bias? I really don’t think so. If you go by the sabermetric numbers and really want to value 50 innings pitched then sure, cum yourself to Shohei Ohtani. And I do not want to take away from Ohtani the player. I think what he’s capable of is simply unbelievable. We’ve really never seen anything like it. He’s so much fun to watch and it’s impressive what he can do, but he simply did not do it long enough to win this award plain and simple. I used to hate Ohtani for how he fucked over the Yankees, but I’ve learned to appreciate him. I do hate the Jon Heyman’s of the world who robbed Andujar of this award. He deserved it. Ohtani did not.

No, I am not triggered.