Former Modesto Nuts player Troy Tulowitzki was edged out by Milwaukee's Ryan Braun today as National League rookie of the year.
Braun, the Brewers' third baseman, had just two more points than Tulowitzki, the Colorado Rockies shortstop, in voting by baseball writers. It ws the tightest vote in the NL since the current system was adopted in 1980.
Tulowitzki hit .291 and belted 15 of his 24 home runs - the most ever by an NL rookie shortstop and second most by any rookie shortstop - after the All-Star break. He also led all rookies in games (155), hits (177), doubles (33), runs (104), total bases (292) and RBI (99).
A lot of people felt that Tulowitzki's defense would be the difference in the voting, as he led all major league shortstops with a .987 fielding percentage, 834 chances and 561 assists, while making only 11 errors. Braun, on the other hand, had one of the worst seasons ever statistically by a third baseman, committing a league-high 24 errors with a fielding percentage of just .895.