Good. As a baseball fan firmly living in Pirates country, I saw him play a whole lot, and I was really impressed with him. I was worried that he'd get the shaft from the voters because of the invisibility of the Pirates, but that wasn't the case.
I imagine he'll be on a World Series team in five years or so. (No, not the Pirates. They'll trade him to cut costs in a few years.)
Yeah, it was surprising that the Pirates had never had one. I'm a lifelong Pirates fan, and never realized that fact until Bay's ROY hype started in late July.
Before Bay, the best rookie season of any Pirate was probably Ralph Kiner, waaaay back when. Don't think they had any type of ROY award then. Dave Parker's first full season (1975) was decent, putting put up MVP-like numbers, but he had already used up his rookie eligility with two previous half-seasons. Bonds was used as leadoff hitter when they broke him in, in 1986.
Johnny Ray was a ROY candidate in 1982, as were Orlando Merced in 1991 and Tim Wakefield in 1992. I think all three finished #2 in final balloting.
If not for Bay, Pittsburgh would have been mentioning the steady rookie season of Jose Castillo. Optimistic Bucs fans envision the team contending in 2006. That's with alot of caution, though. The rug could be pulled out from under us if they trade Bay, Castillo, Oliver Perez, Jon VanBenschoten, Jack Wilson, etc.
This is good for the Pirates, but, no offense to fans of the team, there is a huge chance Bay will be gone when it comes time to re-sign him (as others have already pointed out). The Pirates are really one of the worst franchises in baseball. A decade without a winning season, and they're one of those teams that 's constantly rebuilding, always unwilling to spend any money. Maybe this gives them hope, but maybe not.
According to Bill James' new Win Shares book, Lowe has actually had great numbers in the last few years, but he's a guy that has completely flown under the radar. Thank God I'm not playing my friend Brian in one of my rotisserie league.