Reds’ Williamson Wins NL Rookie of the Year
Pitcher Scott Williamson of the Cincinnati Reds, who has just hoping to just make the team, wound up being named the National League rookie of the year.
Williamson, 12-7 with a 2.41 earned-run average and 19 saves, received 17 first-place votes, nine seconds and six thirds for 118 points from a panel of the Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America.
Florida outfielder Preston Wilson was a distant second, getting nine first-place votes and 88 points. Pittsburgh second baseman Warren Morris finished third with 69 points.
New Angel General Manager Bill Stoneman interviewed former catchers Joel Skinner and Bob Boone for the Angel manager job. Stoneman, a former pitcher, seems partial to catchers. Of the eight candidates Stoneman will interview to replace Terry Collins, four are former catchers. The other two catchers on Stoneman’s list are former Dodger Mike Scioscia and current Angel bench coach Joe Maddon. . . . Carney Lansford, who guided triple-A Edmonton to a 65-74 record in 1999, has resigned after only one season in the Angel farm system. . . . . Darrell Miller, an Angel scout and former Angel utility player, is considered the leading candidate to become the Angels’ farm director.
The House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution calling for “Shoeless” Joe Jackson to be honored. It stopped short of calling for his induction into the Hall of Fame. . . . Former major league pitcher John Montefusco was acquitted of sexually assaulting his ex-wife at Freehold, N.J., but was found guilty of criminal trespassing and simple assault.
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National League Rookie-of-Year Voting
Voting for the 1999 National League rookie-of-the-year award, with first-, second- and third-place votes and total points on a 5-3-1 basis:
Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total Scott Williamson, Cin. 17 9 6 118 Preston Wilson, Fla. 9 11 10 88 Warren Morris, Pit. 6 10 9 69 Kris Benson, Pit. 0 1 2 5 Alex Gonzalez, Fla. 0 1 1 4 Joe McEwing, St.L. 0 0 3 3 Kevin McGlinchy, Atl. 0 0 1 1
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