Tigers P Michael Fulmer Wins AL Rookie of the Year Award

Detroit Tigers starter Michael Fulmer won the American League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday.

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez placed second in the voting with four first-place ballots and Cleveland Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin came in third.

The Detroit Tigers righty went 11-7 with 132 strikeouts and a 3.06 ERA. Fulmer became the first Tiger to win the award since stablemate Justin Verlander did so ten years ago.

“I got kind nervous talking to Verlander,” Fulmer told reporters on a conference call. “He’s been texting me, saying me and him can have [Rookie of the Years] 10 years apart. Now I’m rooting for him get the Cy Young.”

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