It was on this day in 2000 that Rafael Furcal was named rookie of the year. He garnered 25-of-32 first-place votes. He was the only player on all 32 ballots, easily beating out St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Rick Ankiel and Mets outfielder Jay Payton. I’m guessing seven writers were watching a completely different season.
Add to that wonderful slash line 4 home runs, 37 RBIs, and swiped 40 bases. He wouldn’t steal over 40 bases again until 2005 when he would swipe 46 bags for the Braves. And 2005 was also the last year Furcal played for the Braves before signing with the Los Angles Dodgers. He played in 131 games and wasn’t slated to be on the opening day roster. But an injury would force Bobby Cox to call up Furcal who hadn’t seen anything above Double-A.