Rookie winners eye long-term success

Despite somewhat long swings, Jason Bay and Bobby Crosby are deserving winners of the 2004 rookie-of-the-year awards.

Originally Published: November 8, 2004
By Tony Gwynn | Special to ESPN Insider
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jason Bay and Oakland Athletics shortstop Bobby Crosby are deserving winners of this year's rookie of the year awards.

For the National League award, there was a lot of sentiment in San Diego that shortstop Khalil Greene deserved the nod (he finished second). But Bay's numbers were impressive (.282 avg, 26 HR, 82 RBI), especially when you consider that he didn't start the season in the majors.

Greene is tremendous in the field, but his offensive numbers (.273-15-65) didn't quite match Bay's.