Beckham to learn latest ROY fate
BBWAA honor would be third first-year honor for infielder
CHICAGO -- White Sox general manager Ken Williams lent his support to Gordon Beckham as 2009 American League Rookie of the Year when asked about his team's debut sensation during last week's General Managers' Meetings.
Beckham's peers already have shown their support through two previous AL rookie of the year awards given this offseason.
Now, it's up to the members of the BBWAA to potentially finish off Beckham's tremendous first year at 1 p.m. CT Monday with the final rookie honor. It's the official Rookie of the Year, recognition coveted by Beckham following the tremendous impact he made upon his callup from Triple-A Charlotte on June 4.
Detroit hurler Rick Porcello figures to serve as Beckham's top competition, being part of the starting rotation for a playoff contender, although the Tigers right-hander was not listed among the three finalists in the Players Choice awards. Beckham took that top prize over Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann and Rangers infielder Elvis Andrus, with A's closer Andrew Bailey also in line to get his fair share of support.
Over 103 games played for the White Sox, Beckham, the eighth pick overall in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft hit .270, with 14 home runs, 63 RBIs and 28 doubles. He led all AL rookies in doubles, extra-base hits (43) and RBIs and tied for first with 28 multi-hit efforts.
By also capturing Sporting News' AL Rookie of the Year, Beckham became the 10th player in White Sox history to be honored in such a manner. Ozzie Guillen, the 23-year-old infielder's manager, was the last White Sox Sporting News winner (1985). Guillen also was the last overall AL Rookie winner, with Beckham trying to join Luis Aparicio (1956), Gary Peters (1963), Tommie Agee (1966) and Ron Kittle (1983) among the franchise's list of all-time top rookies.
"When you start winning awards, all you have to try to do is just get better and better," Guillen said. "It's a very important step for [Beckham] in his career. It's an honor to be mentioned with this great group of winners."
"If that happens, that's great for him," Williams said. "I'll send him a congratulatory message and, probably, I don't know how much, we got to pay him for it. I'll send a check to him and focus on the team."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.