2012 BtBWAA Awards: NL Rookie of the Year: Bryce Harper

Justin Edmonds

In the seventh installment of Beyond the Box Score's 2012 awards, we offer our picks for the National League's best rookies.

During the last week of the 2012 MLB season, 10 writers from Beyond the Box Score joined forces to create the greatest collaboration of baseball minds the world has ever known [citation needed]. This elite organization, known only as the BtBWAA, was formed for one and only one purpose: To conduct a player awards vote in which the truly meritorious take home the coveted hardware.

We've already announced our picks for MLB Executive of the Year, Silver Sluggers (AL, NL), and Gold Gloves (AL, NL). This week, we turned our attention to the Rookies of the Year. We've already covered the AL, so it's time to turn our attention to the National League.

Before we get to the results, a few words on the process. Voting began on October 1 (after 159 games had been played) and continued until October 5, with the balloting closing before the first playoff games started. Each writer voted for three candidates, with voting scored Each writer voted for three candidates, with ballots scored on a 5-3-1 basis.

Without further ado, here are the results:

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The unanimity continues! Bryce Harper pulls a Mike Trout and goes 10-for-10 with the BtBWAA. Wade Miley gets the silver, getting eight second-place votes and third-place nods from the rest. Mike Fiers barely edges out Norichika Aoki for the bronze, while Todd Frazier and Matt Harvey get a single vote each.

Full disclosure: I voted for Harper, Miley, Aoki, in that order.

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