Outfielders Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals won Rookie of the Year awards.
NEW YORK — Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were teammates on the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League last year. The outfielders arrived in the major leagues on the same April day this year, both played in the All-Star Game and Monday they won Rookie of the Year awards a half-hour apart, the vanguard of baseball’s next generation.
The 21-year-old Trout of the Los Angeles Angels was a unanimous pick as the youngest American League rookie winner.
Harper, 20, of the Washington Nationals edged Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley 112 points to 105 to become the second-youngest winner of the NL honor.
“It’s pretty neat,” said Trout, son of Jeff Trout, a former minor-league player in the Minnesota Twins’ organization.
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For the first time, players learned the voting results when they were announced on television.
“My heart was beating a little bit,” Harper said.
Trout received all 28 first-place votes from the AL panel of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He was the eighth unanimous AL pick and the first since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria in 2008.
Trout hit .326, with 30 homers and 83 runs batted in, and he led the majors with 129 runs and 49 steals. Before Trout, second baseman Lou Whitaker of Detroit, in 1978, had been the youngest AL winner.
Harper batted .270 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI. On Monday, he was 24 days older than New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden was when he won the NL award in 1984.
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