NEW YORK – Jose Fernandez and Wil Myers won Rookie of the Year awards.
Fernandez stood out in a deep National League class this season, and the Miami Marlins pitcher received 26 of 30 first-place votes from a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel in results announced Monday.
Myers won the American League prize after the Tampa Bay slugger put up impressive offensive numbers in barely half a season. The right fielder was chosen first on 23 of 30 ballots.
Fernandez, 21, went 12-6 with a 2.19 earned-run average and 187 strikeouts in 1722
3 innings. He easily topped runner-up Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers as Cuban players ran 1-2 in the NL race.
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Myers, 22, batted .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI in 88 games after he was called up from the minor leagues June 18.
Twins’ Mauer to stop catching
MINNEAPOLIS – Joe Mauer will move from catcher to first base on a full-time basis for the Minnesota Twins, hoping to avoid a repeat of the concussion that cut short his 2013 season.
The Twins announced the switch for the 30-year-old Mauer, who missed the last six weeks of the schedule recovering from his head injury. He took a foul tip off the mask Aug. 19. During a conference call with reporters, Mauer said he is feeling fine and symptom-free.
Mauer’s sensitivity to light and noise, irritable moods and headaches lingered into October.
Mauer, a three-time American League batting champion, hit .324 this season.
• The Atlanta Braves plan to move to a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 10 miles from downtown in suburban Cobb County, apparently swayed by a lucrative financial package. The team intends to start playing there in 2017.
Atlanta plays at Turner Field, which opened 17 years ago.