Activities Sports & Athletics National League Rookies Of The Year A rundown of all of the National League Rookies of the Year Share PINTEREST Email Print Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Baseball Best of Baseball Playing & Coaching History Gear Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Scott Kendrick General Editor, ESPN The Ohio State University Scott Kendrick is a sports writer and editor for ESPN and covered Major League Baseball and other sports for newspapers in Cleveland and Florida. our editorial process Scott Kendrick Updated May 02, 2019 At the conclusion of every baseball season, the Baseball Writers Association of America votes on the Rookie of the Year for the National and American Leagues. In order to be eligible for the award, players must have at least 130 at-bats, 45 days on the active roster of a Major League team, or 50 innings pitched by September 1st. The first Rookie of the Year award went to Jackie Robinson. At the time, the award was named after Chicago White Sox owner J. Louis Comiskey, but in 1987 the award was renamed for Jackie Robinson on the 40th anniversary of Robinson winning it. In 1947 and 1948, the award was given to the best overall rookie, but since 1949 it has been given to one player per league. While winning the award isn't a guarantee of future greatness, 10 of the 69 winners of the National League award are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. National League Rookies of the Year 2016: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers 2015: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs 2014: Jacob deGrom, New York Mets 2013: Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins 2012: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals 2011: Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves 2010: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 2009: Chris Coghlan, Florida Marlins 2008: Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs 2007: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers 2006: Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins 2005: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies 2004: Jason Bay, Pittsburgh Pirates 2003: Dontrelle Willis, Florida Marlins 2002: Jason Jennings, Colorado Rockies 2001: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals 2000: Rafael Furcal, Atlanta Braves 1999: Scott Williamson, Cincinnati Reds 1998: Kerry Wood, Chicago Cubs 1997: Scott Rolen, Philadelphia Phillies 1996: Todd Hollandsworth, Los Angeles Dodgers 1995: Hideo Nomo, Los Angeles Dodgers 1994: Raul Mondesi, Los Angeles Dodgers 1993: Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers 1992: Eric Karros, Los Angeles Dodgers 1991: Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros 1990: David Justice, Atlanta Braves 1989: Jerome Walton, Chicago Cubs 1988: Chris Sabo, Cincinnati Reds 1987: Benito Santiago, San Diego Padres 1986: Todd Worrell, St. Louis Cardinals 1985: Vince Coleman, St. Louis Cardinals 1984: Dwight Gooden, New York Mets 1983: Darryl Strawberry, New York Mets 1982: Steve Sax, Los Angeles Dodgers 1981: Fernando Valenzuela, Los Angeles Dodgers 1980: Steve Howe, Los Angeles Dodgers 1979: Rick Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Dodgers 1978: Bob Horner, Atlanta Braves 1977: Andre Dawson, Montreal Expos 1976: Pat Zachry, Cincinnati Reds, and Butch Metzger, San Diego Padres 1975: John Montefusco, San Francisco Giants 1974: Bake McBride, St. Louis Cardinals 1973: Gary Matthews, San Francisco Giants 1972: Jon Matlack, New York Mets 1971: Earl Williams, Atlanta Braves 1970: Carl Morton, Montreal Expos 1969: Ted Sizemore, Los Angeles Dodgers 1968: Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds 1967: Tom Seaver, New York Mets 1966: Tommy Helms, Cincinnati Reds 1965: Jim Lefebvre, Los Angeles Dodgers 1964: Richie Allen, Philadelphia Phillies 1963: Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds 1962: Ken Hubbs, Chicago Cubs 1961: Billy Williams, Chicago Cubs 1960: Frank Howard, Los Angeles Dodgers 1959: Willie McCovey, San Francisco Giants 1958: Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco Giants 1957: Jack Sanford, Philadelphia Phillies 1956: Frank Robinson, Cincinnati Reds 1955: Bill Virdon, St. Louis Cardinals 1954: Wally Moon, St. Louis Cardinals 1953: Jim Gilliam, Brooklyn Dodgers 1952: Joe Black, Brooklyn Dodgers 1951: Willie Mays, New York Giants 1950: Sam Jethroe, Boston Braves 1949: Don Newcombe, Brooklyn Dodgers 1948: Alvin Dark, Boston Braves 1947: Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers Some media outlets, like Baseball Almanac and Sporting News, have their own Rookie of the Year awards. Unlike Sporting News and the Baseball Writers Association of America, Baseball Almanac only gives out one rookie.