Julio Rodriguez named Rookie of the Year by Baseball America

The rookie phenom was instrumental in bringing the Mariners to the brink of the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

SEATTLE — Mariners midfielder Julio Rodriguez is named 2022 Rookie of the Year in Baseball America’s October issue.

The new issue, available for pre-order, includes an article about Rodriguez’s rookie season, describing his role in bringing Seattle to the brink of the playoffs for the first time since 2001, and how his star power and charisma matched the Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr.

The 21-year-old phenom averaged 27 homers, 73 runs batted in, 81 runs and 25 stolen bases along with a .280 batting average in his stellar rookie season. According to Baseball Reference, he has 5.7 wins over backup for the Mariners, the seventh-highest mark in the American League.

Last month, Seattle completed a landmark contract extension with Rodriguez, capitalizing on his future centered around the star midfielder.

Rodriguez’s unique extension could last for eight, 13, 16 or 18 years and could be the largest Major League Baseball (MLB) contract ever at $470 million if maxed out according to his contract incentives ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The base of Rodriguez’s contract is for eight years and $120 million, which will see him with the Mariners until at least 2029, Passan said.

Rodriguez’s contract tenure put him in MLB history. The last time a player signed a contract of 14 years or more was Fernando Tatis in February 2021.

For his mid-season efforts, Rodriguez was given one of the righteous 14 position players under the age of 22 were named to the All-Star team in their rookie seasons. This list is littered with current and future Hall of Famers like Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Tim Raines, Johnny Bench, and Rod Carew.

In his first home run derby, Rodriguez feuded with Juan Soto, arguably MLB’s best batsman. He finished as the first player ever to bat multiple 30-hour rounds in a single derby. Rodriguez surpassed Ken Griffey Jr.’s all-time mark (59) before the finals kicked off in the home run derby.

Rodríguez finished his first derby with 81 home runs. Soto, the eventual winner, had 53 home runs.

That’s when the star of Rodriguez was born.

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