At this point all of the major year end awards have been announced and baseball is well into the winter offseason. However, last week one of the more prestigious honorary awards were announced, and while we didn’t get a post up about it at the time I still felt this was still worth noting after the fact. Topps – the longtime manufacturer of baseball cards and currently the exclusive dealer of MLB licenced cards – has been naming an All Star Rookie Team each year since 1959. The annual list recognizes a rookie at each position, plus one starting pitcher and one relief pitcher.
Washington’s own Danny Espinosa has been given the honor by Topps this season, chosen as the team’s second baseman. Espinosa finished the season with a .236/.323/.414 line with 21 HR, 66 RBI, and 17 stolen bases in 658 plate appearances (158 games). He finished 6th in NL Rookie of the Year voting. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, three other Nationals have previously received this award: Ryan Zimmerman (2006), John Lannan (2008), and Stephen Strasburg (2010).