Barring unforeseen circumstances, the final nine 2014 TWJ baseball cards are in the books (the last two were uploaded this morning). The virtual set consists of 260 base cards, twenty-eight highlights, and an eighteen-card All-Star subset. The final nine were highlights, featuring each league’s Most Valuable Player (Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw), Cy Young (Corey Kluber and Kershaw), Manager of the Year (Matt Williams and Buck Showalter), and Rookie of the Year (Jacob deGrom and Jose Abreu) Award winners, and a special World Champions card for the San Francisco Giants featuring Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and his catcher Buster Posey.
I liked the 2014 TWJ set, and enjoyed producing these cards. I’m still tinkering with a design for 2015 and some possible subsets for the off-season. I hope you enjoyed it as well.
The full set (as well as previous years’ sets and subsets) can be viewed at TWJ cards on tumblr.
After taking home the BBWAA top rookie awards yesterday, Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom can continue their celebrations today as both are winners of the Base Ball Blog Writers and Readers Association of America and Elsewhere Rookie of the Year Award!
Abreu was the clear winner in the American League, taking all but one first-place vote; deGrom faced stiff competition from the Reds’ speedy Billy Hamilton, but edged him out 11-7 in first place votes, and winning by the slim margin of seven points. Only one other National Leaguer, David Peralta, received a first-place vote.
BBBWARAOAAE voters recognized one AL and four NL rookies that were overlooked by the BBWAA; the BBWAA listed two AL and one NL first-year players that were ignored by BBBWARAOAAE voters.
AMERICAN LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
|1. Jose Abreu||18||94||150 (1)|
|2. Matt Shoemaker||1||42||40 (2)|
|3. Masahiro Tanaka||–||24||16 (5)|
|4. Dellin Betances||–||20||27 (3)|
|5. Yordano Ventura||–||18||9 (6)|
|6. Collin McHugh||–||17||21 (4)|
|7. George Springer||–||4||1 (8t)|
|8. Danny Santana||–||3||3 (7)|
|9t. Xander Bogaerts||–||2||n/a|
|9t. Nick Castellanos||–||2||1 (8t)|
|x. Brock Holt||–||n/a||1 (8t)|
|x. Jake Odorizzi||–||n/a||1 (8t)|
NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
|1. Jacob deGrom||11||82||142 (1)|
|2. Billy Hamilton||7||75||92 (2)|
|3. Kolten Wong||–||21||14 (3)|
|4t. Ken Giles||–||13||8 (4)|
|4t. Ender Inciarte||–||13||4 (5)|
|6. Kyle Hendricks||–||6||2 (7t)|
|7t. Jeurys Familia||–||5||2 (7t)|
|7t. David Peralta||1||5||n/a|
|9t. Joe Panik||–||3||3 (6)|
|9t. Travis d’Arnaud||–||3||n/a|
|9t. Javier Baez||–||3||n/a|
|12. Yangervis Solarte||–||1||n/a|
|x. Chase Anderson||–||n/a||1 (10)|