Garcia is just the third Ranger to ever win the TSN AL Rookie Award in a vote of Major League Players.
The Sporting News annual baseball awards are selected in voting by Major League players during the final two weeks of the regular season.
Garcia becomes just the third Texas Ranger to win AL Rookie of the Year honors from The Sporting News, which has been presenting it annually since 1946, joining a pair of first basemen, Mike Hargrove in 1974 and Pat Putnam in 1979.
Detroit’s Austin Jackson was the AL Rookie recipient in 2010 when Rangers RHP Neftali Feliz captured the BBWAA AL Rookie of the Year Award. From 1961-2003, The Sporting News awarded a Rookie Player and Pitcher Award in each league before returning to a single AL and NL recipients in 2004.
Garcia generated one of the most productive rookie seasons in Rangers history, setting team rookie records for home runs (31), RBI (90), and total bases (264), just the 14th rookie in American League history to hit 30+ HR with 90+ RBI in a season, the 3rd to do so this century: CWS’ Jose Abreu (2014) and NYY’s Aaron Judge (2017). He led MLB rookies in RBI, total bases, and extra-base hits (59) and placed second in homers while topping all AL rookie position players in STATS Inc. WAR (3.9). He is just the 8th rookie in MLB history with at least 30 HR, 80 RBI, and 10 stolen bases (16) in a season.
Promoted from the Alternate Training Site on April 13, Garcia went on to start in CF (76), RF (49), DH (13), and LF (8). He tied for the MLB lead with 16 outfield assists, a Texas rookie record, and led all MLB rookies at any position with 16 defensive runs saved in the Baseball Info Solutions (BIS) metrics.
He was selected as the Texas Rangers Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year for 2021, the first time in club history a player has won both awards in the same season.
The three finalists for each of the 2021 Baseball Writers Association of America awards will be revealed on Monday, November 8, with the BBWAA AL.
The Rookie of the Year announcement is scheduled for Monday, November 15.
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