Today's column: Find it here. We write, off last night's opener of the Marlins' final homestand, how even official elimination from the playoff chase should not prevent us appreciating the larger joy of this season -- how a bunch of rookies expected to be awful overachieved like no other team in baseball.
As a subtheme we delve into the tight NL Rookie of the Year race. For my BBWAA vote I think I have narrowed to three finalists, listed alphabetically below with key stats.
Who would you support? Can't promise you'll influence my vote, but give it a try if you'd like:
(*) Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez: .289-15-57; 115 runs, 45 doubles, 10 triples, 51 steals, .820 OPS.
(*) Marlins 2B Dan Uggla: .283-26-89; 103 runs, .821 OPS.
(*) Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman: .286-19-107; 47 doubles, .819 OPS.