Monday, June 13, 2005

Lance Cormier, National League Rookie of the Year 

Let me start up the bandwagon -- Lance Cormier should be National League Rookie of the Year.

Cormier's VORP of 13.3 is the highest of all rookie pitchers. It's just a hair behind outfielders Ryan Church (14.3) and Jason Ellison (14.2) of the Nationals and Giants, respectively. It's a fair ways behind Clint Barmes' 20.5, but thanks to Barmes' unfortunate stairway-venison imbroglio, Barmes probably won't win the award. If Barry Bonds comes back, Ellison won't win it, either.

And Cormier's Win Share Above Baseline of 5 is above Church's 4 and Ellison's 3.

Now, there will be those that say that Cormier will never win -- that he doesn't have either the flashy yet mostly meaningless offensive (RBI) or pitching (wins) statistics.

But while there may be rookies who have been just as good, by the end of the season, I'm not sure there will be any who have been better.

Lance Cormier, National League Rookie of the Year!

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