Cal Ripken And His 1982 Rookie Of The Year Award
Cal did a little bit of everything during his first big league season…
Offensively, he established himself as a solid hitter that was able to deliver power and run production that was uncommon from the shortstop position during the 1980’s. During his debut campaign, Cal notched 32 doubles and 28 home runs. In the process, he scored 90 times and drove in 93 runs.
Defensively, Cal spilt time between shortstop and third base. Overall, he amassed a .972 fielding percentage but tallied up 19 errors. 13 of those errors came at short, but he also handled twice as many plays there in comparison to playing at third base.
Cal Ripken easily won the American League’s Rookie Of The Year award in 1982. He collected 24/28 first place votes outdistancing Kent Hrbek of the Twins by a great margin.