Braun was listed first on 17 of 32 ballots, second on 14 and third on one for 128 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. Tulowitzki was first on 15 ballots and second on the other 17 for 126 points. The two-point differential was the closest in the NL since the current system was adopted in 1980.
2007 Rookie of the Year voting: 1st 2nd 3rd tot Ryan Braun, Mil 17 14 1 128 Troy Tulowitzski, Col 15 17 0 126 Hunter Pence, Hou 0 0 15 15 Chris Young, Ariz 0 0 10 10 Kyle Kendrick, Phil 0 1 4 7 James Loney, LA 0 0 1 1 Yunel Escobar, Atl 0 0 1 1Braun's offensive numbers were spectaculat. He batted .324 and led NL rookies with 34 home runs and a .634 slugging percentage, breaking the Major League rookie record set by Mark McGwire, who slugged .618 for Oakland in 1987. Braun drove in 97 runs and stole 15 bases.
He also made 26 errors at third base. His .895 fielding percentage ranked last among regular Major League defenders.
Tulowitzki, the Rockies' shortstop, proved a superior defender in 2007. His .987 fielding percentage and 5.39 zone rating led Major League shortstops, and Tulowitzki committed only 11 errors in 155 games.
Loney, probably hurt by not being recalled from the minor leagues until June 10, hit .331, the ninth highest (minimum 300 plate appearances) in Los Angeles History. He was second on the club in average, tied for third in home runs (15), and was fourth in RBI (67).
He led N.L. rookies in batting average, was second in on-base average (.381), fourth in slugging (.538), sixth in hits (114) and RBI (67), eighth in homers (15), ninth in doubles (18) and walks (28).
But with those gaudy numbers, it is surprising that he could only garner a single, third place vote.
Houston's Hunter Pence, an outfielder, was given 15 votes and his numbers were similar to Loney's-- .326-17-69. Outfielder Chris Young of Arizona, who polled seven votes, was .237-32-85 and Phillie pitcher Kyle Kendrick was 10-4, 4.23. Yunel Escobar of Atlanta also received a single vote after posting .326-5-29.
The offensive players' runs created total was Braun 94, Tulowitzski 105, Pence 69, Young 78, Escobar 52 and Loney 88.