Could Michael Harris II steal the Rookie of the Year award away from Spencer Strider?

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Last week, Sporting News officially named Spencer Strider their National League Rookie of the Year.

Because Strider did things that no pitcher in the history of baseball has accomplished, I always thought he had the edge over his teammate Michael Harris to win the award. But according to the players that voted for the award at Sporting News, the race was much tighter than I expected.

Strider finished with 47% of the vote, just ahead of Harris, who received 41%.

Sporting News is the first of many publications that will be announcing award winners. The league will reveal the “real” winners following the World Series. The top rookie in each league is scheduled to be announced on MLB Network at 6:00 PM on November 14th.

For Braves fans, it’s a win-win. We know one of Atlanta’s top rookies is guaranteed to take home the award. I still expect Strider to edge out Harris, but Harris might have been in the NL MVP conversation had he begun the season in the majors. Both of them were spectacular, and it’s even crazier that Alex Anthopoulos was able to lock them up to long-term contracts before they even completed a full season in the majors.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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