The MLB should apologize to Alec Bohm
Phillies rookie Alec Bohm was selected as a finalist for the National League Rookie of the Year Award along with San Diego second baseman Jake Cronenworth and Milwaukee reliever Devin Williams. All things considered, he should have been the clear favorite to win.
Instead, the MLB decided to award reliever Devin Williams with Rookie of the Year honors.
A reliever won Rookie of the Year over Alec Bohm. It’s almost poetic that the only bright spot on the Phillies lost the ROY race to a reliever, a position that the Phillies probably didn’t even know existed due to their bullpen putting up historically bad numbers this past season.
No disrespect to Devin Williams. He was fantastic. Batters hit a mere .090 off of Williams last season. He allowed 1-run the entire season pitching in 22 of 60 games for the Brewers.
However, we are not here to award relievers Rookie of the Year honors. How boring can the MLB be? Sure, Williams was fantastic but this award wasn’t for him. You can’t give it to a reliever who doesn’t contribute to a team’s success for more than a third of the season while Alec Bohm had 160 at-bats and absolutely lit up the stat sheets.
The award should have went to Bohm. He was an offensive power-house for the Phillies last season. How can you not give it to a kid who led the entire MLB with runners in scoring position? Absolutely ridiculous.
No surprise the MLB sucked away the last piece of joy Phillies fans were holding onto. Can’t wait for news to break that JT Realmuto signed with the Mets. That’ll really cheer me up.
Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY