The Chicago White Sox rookie 3B Gordon Beckham was named the Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year earlier today. The 23-year-old Beckham was called up June 4th even though manager Ozzie Guillen said early in the season that the White Sox would be “in trouble” if they had to start the young former Georgia Bulldog. Beckham struggled mightily in his first two weeks with the Sox, but soon became one of their best hitters. He hit over .300 for a large chunk of the season and finished the year at .270 with 14 home runs and 28 doubles with 63 RBIs. Beckham also took on a brand new position, playing third base for the first time in his career after being a short stop his entire life. The award is voted on by the players, so it shows he has already gained the respect of his fellow players.
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Beckham’s attitude is just as good as his skills set, as the rookie was quickly accepted in the White Sox clubhouse. He has also expressed he would like to be the leader and face of the franchise for the White Sox when the time is right. Manager Ozzie Guillen thinks he can and will be that guy saying, “I wish that kid was a two or three-year veteran in the big leagues because he has that attitude…He has that right frame of mind. He was a leader his whole life from when he was in high school, college. I think he wants to be the face of the franchise and we need something like that.” I’m looking forward to a long and successful career for Beckham on the South Side, and he made a great first step in his rookie year.