Josh Bell Named as Rookie of the Year Finalist

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 posted his best fielding percentage this season. The winners will be announced tomorrow night at 9 PM EST.

The Silver Slugger award winners will be announced on Thursday night at 6 PM EST on MLB Network.

Two former Pirates were named as finalists today for a major honor. Both Dave Parker and Luis Tiant are among ten names on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Modern Era vote, which will take place on December 10th. Parker played for the Pirate from 1973 until 1983, while Tiant was his teammate on the 1981 Pirates.

Parker has a .290 career batting average, with 339 homers, 1,493 RBIs, 1,272 runs scored, 2,712 hits and 526 doubles. He was the 1978 NL MVP, a seven-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and he won three Silver Slugger awards.

Tiant went 229-172, 3.30 in 3,486.1 innings, with 2,416 strikeouts. He was a four-time 20-game winner and twice led the league in ERA. He threw 49 shutouts during his career, leading the league three times.

  • I read somewhere that Dave Parker was the first million dollar a year player.

  • I am a bit surprised that Bell is a finalist. He had a good year, but if you look through the NL rookies this year, a case can be made that there were better candidates.

    As for Bellinger, he had a very good season, but if he doesn’t cut down on his K’s, it’s hard for me to see him being much better than Pedro with a glove that works.

    • If Pedro had a glove, he’d still be in Pittsburgh with perennially 20-25 deep flies.

      • I didn’t say it was necessarily a bad thing, but Pedro spent most of last season at AAA, because he wasn’t hitting well.

    • michael schalke
      November 7, 2017 12:11 pm

      I don’t know what other candidates you’re talking about? Name them.

    • Maybe a case can be made for Happ or perhaps Hoskins if you look at quality over quantity. However Bell led NL rookies in runs, doubles, triples, walks, and total bases. Was second (behind Bellinger) in HRs and RBI. Bell did have the most AB’s of all rookies however and didn’t play a tough defensive position.

  • A well-deserved honor for Josh Bell and the Pirates – His rank on the team in 7 Key Offensive Categories

    1st – RBI’s 90
    1st – 3B 6 Tied with Frazier
    1st – Games 159
    2nd – HR’s 26
    2nd – 2B 26 Tied with Harrison
    2nd – OPS .800
    2nd – BB 66

    If not for former MVP Andrew McCutchen, Bell would have led or tied for the lead in all 7 categories. That is an awesome Rookie year.

  • How did I not know Tiant had a cup of coffee with the Pirates? I was only 14 years old, but honestly don’t remember him as a Pirate. The Cobra was a beast! He won’t get in the Hall because various issues stole some of his productivity later in his career, but during his prime there was nobody better, and talk about 5 tools….he had them all!

  • Poor Dave Parker…he is a shoo-in for the Hall of Very, Very, Very Good.

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