Just as expected, Yasiel Puig came in second in the Rookie of the Year balloting to Miami Marlins righty Jose Fernandez, not because Puig isn’t great — he is — but because Fernandez’ season was just ever so slightly better. Again, that’s nothing to be held against Puig, since the 2013 NL rookie class was just so ridiculous. For example, Wil Myers easily won in the American League, but if he was in the NL, he’d have been, what… fifth? Sixth?
Over at ESPN, where I had a vote, Fernandez took home 30 of the 32 ballots. As for the real one, Fernandez got 26 of the 30, with Puig picking up the other four. Shelby Miller did not receive a single first place vote because he does not exist. One voter, John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune — I have never heard of this man in my entire life — left Puig off entirely, instead putting San Diego’s Jedd Gyorko on as his third place vote. Hyun-jin Ryu finished fourth.