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L.A. Story A Familiar One Hollandsworth Fifth Straight Dodger To Win N.L. Rookie Of The Year

Talk about your predictable election victories. Another member of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the N.L.’s Rookie of the Year.

Todd Hollandsworth won the honor Wednesday, strengthening the Dodgers’ amazing stranglehold on the award. He is the fifth consecutive Los Angeles player to win the award, the ninth since 1979 and 16th since 1947.

“It’s a great honor in my eyes to be the fifth in a row,” Hollandsworth said during a news conference at Dodger Stadium. “I believe it’s just a beginning and something to build off. That’s what the year was all about, a start.”

As controlling parties go, neither the Republicans nor Democrats hold anything over the Dodgers when it comes to winning an election.

After all, the award is named after Jackie Robinson, the first recipient and a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. And Hollandsworth’s win gives the franchise more than twice as many rookie award winners as any other N.L. club. The New York Yankees have had eight, including this year’s winner, shortstop Derek Jeter.

“This is a very proud day for the Dodgers,” general manager Fred Claire said. “If there’s one particular award that exemplifies what the Dodgers are all about, it’s the rookie of the year award. Todd exemplifies all the things we look for in a young player.”

Hollandsworth led N.L. rookies in hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases and fewest errors this season. After a slow start, the 23-year-old outfielder came on with a strong second half to finish with a .291 average, 12 home runs and 59 RBIs.

Hollandsworth received 15 first-place votes and 105 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Florida shortstop Edgar Renteria was a strong second with 10 first-place votes and 84 points. Pittsburgh catcher Jason Kendall got one first-place vote and 30 points.

Hollandsworth follows Hideo Nomo, Raul Mondesi, Mike Piazza and Eric Karros as Dodgers winners this decade.



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