Iglesias finishes 2nd in AL Rookie of the Year voting

A Rookie of the Year award would have been Jose Iglesias’ biggest grab of the season. Instead, awards season glory proved just out of his reach.

The slick-fielding Tigers shortstop ended up losing out to Tampa Bay’s Wil Myers for Rookie of the Year honors amidst a field of two highly-touted Tampa Bay Rays. It was not a surprise, but it eliminates the possibility of a Tigers sweep of the end-of-season player awards.

While Myers took 23 out of 30 first-place votes to run away with the award, Iglesias captured five first-place votes, 17 for second and four for third. He was left off of four ballots, but that didn’t really make a difference.

Iglesias, who impacted two division winning teams thanks to a midseason trade from to Boston to Detroit, was vying to become the first Tiger to win the writers vote for Rookie of the Year honors since Justin Verlander in 2006. No Tigers position player has won it since Lou Whitaker in 1978.

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