Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Tampa Bay BBWAA awards
Posted Sep 20, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Sep 20, 2008 at 03:58 PM
The local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America handed out its annual awards before today’s game.
Jason Bartlett was voted the Rays’ Most Valuable Player, Evan Longoria was a unanimous choice as the Outstanding Rookie and Cliff Floyd received the Paul C. Smith Champion Award.
Bartlett (40 points) topped Longoria (33) and Carlos Pena (27) in MVP voting.
Longoria had no competition for top rookie, with Shawn Riggans placing second and Fernando Perez and Justin Ruggiano tying for third.
Floyd edged out last year’s winner, Pena, for the Champion Award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of true professionalism on and off the field. Rocco Baldelli placed third in balloting that saw 12 different Rays receive at least one vote.