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November 13, 2012
Meet the ROYs for 2012
Bryce Harper is the youngest position player ever to win National League Rookie of the Year honors. Playing most of the season at age 19, the Washington Nationals outfielder hit 270 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs. Those 22 homers were the second most by a teenager -- only Tony Conigliaro of the 1964 Red Sox had more, 24. These pictures came from my July visit to Washington for the Nats - Mets series.
Mike Trout of the Angels was the unanimous American League Rookie of the Year. The 21-year-old batted.326 with 30 home runs to become the youngest player to ever win the AL award. I caught him against the Yankees in mid-July.