I am going to say something right now that a lot of Brewers fans might not be prepared to hear: Norichika Aoki is not going to win the Rookie of the Year award this season. He won't even be close.
Bryce Harper is a lock for the NL Rookie of the Year award. Bryce Harper is hitting .262/.333/.459 and playing center field (well) on a playoff team as a NINETEEN YEAR OLD. That's kind of amazing. When I was 19 I listened to Kid Rock and worked in a warehouse. I spent all my money on DVDs and alcohol. I was a complete loser with no direction and no hope for the future. It was kind of like now, but I didn't have a cool blog and my girlfriend was less attractive and kind of a weirdo. (Take that, life.) There was no way I could have ever been a starting center fielder in the major leagues. Even if I had the talent that I genetically lack, I still wouldn't have been responsible enough to handle what Bryce Harper is doing right now. What I am trying to say is I hate Bryce Harper. He's better at life than me so screw him.
On the other hand Norichika Aoki is 30. He's hitting a slick .293/.362./.438 that actually makes him a better hitter than Bryce, but he plays right field and his defense is worse. There are a lot of arguments to made that Norichika Aoki is a better player than Bryce Harper this season and that is a very good argument to make. Besides the homerun category Aoki is better or close in nearly every statistical category.
STOLEN BASES (CAUGHT STEALING)
Aoki: 27 (7)
Harper: 13 (6)
(Of course, all this leaves out Todd Frazier who is way better than both of them at hitting and Wade Miley who is a good pitcher, but stick with me.)
To me it's obvious that in 2012 that Norichika Aoki is a better baseball player that Bryce Harper, but is he really a rookie? Japan competition isn't quite the level of MLB, but it is better than what Bryce has faced before this season. Is what Aoki is doing more impressive than what Harper is doing? Again, I totally think that Aoki is the better player this season, but it's not by a lot and it's probably not by enough that it will stop the voters from voting for Harper. Doing this at 19 is really, really impressive and it would take a lot for Bryce Harper not to win the NL Rookie of the Year. Unless...
Bryce Harper were somehow discredited. I don't know. Like say certain things were to come out about Bryce Harper that the public didn't know. You know, like what will probably happen to Ryan Braun. If something like that were to happen then why not Aoki? (Besides the existence of Frazier and Miley.) If something were to come out bad about Harper then maybe Aoki has a chance. I don't know maybe something like...
BRYCE HARPER THINKS JERRY SANDUSKY GOT A RAW DEAL
— Miller Park Drunk (@millerparkdrunk) September 20, 2012
@millerparkdrunk Bryce Harper thinks the NFL replacement refs are doing a stellar job this season.
— Matt Colby (@mrcolby11) September 20, 2012
@millerparkdrunk Bryce Harper pees in the sitting position.
— Dylan Baker (@bakerdc1) September 20, 2012
@millerparkdrunk Bryce Harper is friends with Brett Lawrie.
— Tucker Diedrich (@tuckercomedy) September 20, 2012
Then, who knows? Maybe Aoki can pull this off.