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Josh Bell Named as Rookie of the Year Finalist

Josh Bell is up for the NL Rookie of the Year award. Photo Credit: David Hague
Josh Bell Named as Rookie of the Year Finalist
John Dreker

Major League Baseball announced the finalists for their year-end awards on Monday night. First baseman Josh Bell was named as one of three finalists for the NL Rookie of the Year award. The Dodgers Cody Bellinger and the Cardinals Paul DeJong are the other two finalists. Bellinger is expected to win the award.

Bell hit .255/.334/.466 in 159 games for the Pirates, with 26 doubles, six triples, 26 homers, 66 walks, 75 runs scored and 90 RBIs. Jason Bay in 2004 is the only Pittsburgh Pirate to win the Rookie of the Year award. The winner will be announced next Monday.

Last week, David Freese was named as a finalist for the Gold Glove award at third base. Nolan Arenado and Anthony Rendon are also finalists. Arenado has won the award in each of his first four seasons in the majors and he ...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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