Three Similar/Different things of Correa and Bagwell’s rookie years
Aug 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros former players Jeff Bagwell (left) and Craig Biggio (right) before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Astros had the third largest increase in wins in 2015 from 2014 with a 16 win increase, 70 wins to 86 wins. One of the main reasons for the improvement was the youth infusion from several rookies led by the 2012 number one pick Carlos Correa. Last night, the BBWAA announced the Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year Award, and Correa beat out fellow Puerto Rican shortstop Francisco Lindor by four votes. Correa received 17 first-place votes while Lindor received only 13.
When Correa came up to the Astros, his immediate success made him the favorite to earn the ROY early. However, Lindor came up shortly after and tried to help the Indians get back into the playoff chase, but they came up short. There was a big push for Lindor to win the award based on his better defense and hitting ability, but at the end of the day, Correa came out on top.
There has only been one other rookie of the year award winner in Astros history, and his name was Jeff Bagwell. Bagwell is trying to get into the Hall of Fame in 2016, but he won his ROY in 1991 as a third baseman turned first baseman.
In honor of Correa’s 2015 ROY, we wanted to take a look at the similarities and differences of the two players rookie seasons. I know the most glaring difference is their positions, but I will not focus on that.
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