If you had Andrew Bailey and Chris Coghlan in your office's baseball awards pool, congratulations: You are wiser than Nostradamus and the Mayans combined. On Monday, the American and National Leagues announced their respective winners for Rookie of the Year, and few could have predicted the results. Tight to the last, each race was considered a neck-and-neck battle, but most pundits backed vastly different contenders. Throughout the regular and offseasons, names like Elvis Andrus and Rick Porcello were used in place of Rookie of the Year the same way people say Kleenex instead of facial tissue. Just by listening to MLB Network and ESPN, it was clear the award would go to a Texas Ranger or Detroit Tiger. Meanwhile, Bailey stepped comfortably into the closer's role for the Oakland A's af ...
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