It looks like 31 home runs isn’t enough to even get you on the podium for rookie of the year. Yordan Álvarez won this year’s AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year award by a unanimous vote, with the South Side’s own Eloy Jiménez coming in fourth place. This may come as a surprise to some Sox fans, who thought Jiménez would at least make the top three after making a splash in the latter half of his rookie season at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Jiménez led all AL rookies in home runs during the 2019-20 season. Jiménez is also one of only three White Sox to hit 30+ home runs as a rookie, alongside José Abreu (36 HRs) and Ron Kittle (35 HRs). But the stat that really makes Jiménez’s exclusion from the Rookie of the Year top three hard to swallow is that Jiménez is one of only 11 players in MLB history to hit 30+ home runs in his debut season.
Jiménez ended his season on an epic high note, batting .321/.355/.604 during his last 46 games. While this couldn’t get him the coveted Rookie of the Year title, we’re excited to see what Jiménez will bring to his sophomore major league season.