The postseason awards parade has started, and in one of the most competitive Rookie of the Year races in history, the Nationals came up empty.
Right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA as a rookie but had his season cut short because of Tommy John surgery, did not receive a vote. Neither did shortstop Ian Desmond, who hit .269 with 10 homers, or reliever Drew Storen, who struck out 52 batters in 55 1/3 innings. The field was that competitive.
It seemed like a stretch for Strasburg to get much attention from writers for the award in a year where the NL boasted Giants catcher Buster Posey (who won the award) and Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, among others. But the Nationals right-hander would have been a serious contender, if not the favorite, had he kept pitching the way he was when he went down on Aug. 21.
Posey, who hit .305 with 18 homers and 67 RBI, received first-place votes on 20 of 32 ballots.