Ramirez, Verlander Are Rookies of the Year

Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander earned the 2006 Rookie of the Year awards. Three Dodgers received votes but finished well down the list.

Outfielder Andre Ethier tied for fifth with Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Reliever Takashi Saito finished seventh and Russell Martin tied for eighth in the National League.

Ethier received a second and a third place vote; Saito had two third place votes and Russell one.
 NL Rookie of the Year    1st 2nd 3rd  tot
Hanley Ramirez, Marlins    14  11   2  105
Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals  10  16   3  101
Dan Uggla, Marlins          6   3  16   55
Josh Johnson, Marlins       2   -   1   11
Matt Cain, Giants           -   1   1    4
Andre Ethier. Dodgers       -   1   1    4
Prince Fielder, Brewers     -   -   2    2
Takashi Saito, Dodgers      -   -   2    2
Russell Martin, Dodgers     -   -   1    1
Scott Olsen, Marlins        -   -   1    1
Anibal Sanchez, Marlins     -   -   1    1
Josh Willingham, Marlins    -   -   1    1
Ramirez beat out Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman by four points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America — the closest NL vote since the current format was adopted 26 years ago.

Previously, the closest NL election was in 1982 when Dodger Steve Sax edged fellow second baseman Johnny Ray of Pittsburgh 63-57.

Ramirez gave the Marlins their second Rookie of the Year in four years, following ace pitcher Dontrelle Willis.

Three of the top four NL finishers were Marlins and a total of six finished in the top 10.

Second baseman Dan Uggla came in third, getting the other six first-place votes, and pitcher Josh Johnson was fourth.

Verlander easily won the AL honor earning first on 26 of 28 ballots for a total of 133 points. Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon came in second with 63 points, and Minnesota lefty Francisco Liriano finished third.

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