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Rookies Earn AL And NL Players Of The Week Honors


Tyler White (Left) and Trevor Story (Right) were named AL and NL Players of the Week. Photo:

After a fascinating first week of the 2016 Major League season, the first player recognition honors of the season have been awarded and it was the rookies of the American League and National League that made the most impact.

For the National League it was the highly talked about and very worthy Colorado Rockies’ shortstop Trevor Story who started his Major League career by hitting it out of the park….literally!

The twenty-three year old Story has allowed media outlets across the country to create puns with his very appropriate last name, hitting a record setting seven homeruns in his first six games of not just the season, but also his career. He is currently hitting .333 with 12 RBIs.  Story won the starting shortstop job in Spring Training due to the absence of Jose Reyes who is still awaiting to find out his fate with the MLB. In fact with this early run, Rockies’ fans seem to have already forgotten their sadness over last season’s loss of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

For the American League it was the Houston Astros’ rookie Tyler White who earned the weekly honors. White’s story also made headlines at the end of Spring Training, as he earned the starting first baseman job for Houston, and was somewhat of a dark horse entering camp. A former 33rd Round  pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, the twenty-five year old is currently hitting .556 in six games, with three homers and 9 RBIs.

Earning the NL and AL Player of the week honors is also record setting for both Story and White as it is the first time since April 1981 that both recipients were rookies.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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