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Yankees Infielder Miguel Andujar Falls Short in ROY Race

Geoff Block

Geoff Block oversees daily operations at the South Carolina-based investment company RLB Squared, which maintains a portfolio of hedge funds and real estate properties, including one that has been leased by Jaguar Land Rover to serve as its North American headquarters. Beyond his professional pursuits, Geoff Block follows his favorite Major League Baseball team, the New York Yankees.

The 2018 season was a breakthrough campaign for Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar. The 23-year-old native of the Dominican Republic hit 27 home runs and registered 92 runs batted in to go along with a .297 batting average and .855 on-base percentage. He was named a finalist for American League Rookie of the Year, but finished second in voting behind Los Angeles Angels pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani. In 45 fewer games at the plate, Ohtani had 22 home runs, 61 RBI, a .285 batting average, and a .925 OPS. On the mound, he posted a win-loss record of 4-2 to go along with a 3.31 earned run average and 63 strikeouts through 51 and two-thirds innings pitched.

Yankees fans displayed disappointment at the decision on social media, but they weren't the only ones. Several Yankees players, including Didi Gregorius and Justus Sheffield, felt Andujar was more deserving of the award. Had Andujar won, it would have marked the second straight year a Yankee was named AL Rookie of the Year; Aaron Judge won the award in 2017.

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