Last night, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America named Shohei Ohtani the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year. The Angels pitcher and designated hitter received 25 of the 30 possible first place votes. The remaining five fell to the runner-up, Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar.
This decision naturally resulted in the polarization of Yankees fans. Many dug into their trenches, defending Andujar to the bitter end. They weren’t the only ones to take umbrage with the Rookie of the Year voting, however. In fact, a few of Andujar’s teammates took social media to express their displeasure.
Didi Gregorius threw some shade right as the news broke.
Really— Sir Didi Gregorius (@DidiG18) November 13, 2018
Gregorius is a prolific tweeter, as noted by his victory tweets that follow Yankees’ wins. While they tend to have a positive tone, this one stands out for its disappointed tone. Although he didn’t name names, one can read between the lines here. Sir Didi was not pleased.
Justus Sheffield, on the other hand, went straight to the point.
Nothin on the year Ohtani had but my boy Miggy got straight robbed... Smh— Justus Sheffield (@Topsheff42) November 13, 2018
Even the YES Network voiced its displeasure!
Andujar, 23, hit .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs. His 128 wRC+ ranked him among the likes of Tommy Pham, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, and Trevor Story. He had an exceptional year! That doesn’t change because he didn’t bring home some hardware.
What do you think about the decision? Do you agree with Didi and Sheffield? Or is it no big deal? Let us know in the comment section below!