And the votes are in …

Rookie of the Year honours were doled out today, and Boston’s Dustin Pedroia took home the AL award, while Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun narrowly edged Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki for the honours in the NL.

Though no Blue Jay rookie received any votes, Toronto had a few first-year players contribute in 2007. Adam Lind, who was summoned from Triple-A Syracuse in April when Reed Johnson went down with an injury, batted .238 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs in 89 total games. Curtis Thigpen, meanwhile, played 47 games split between catcher and first base, batting .238 with 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

On the mound, Jesse Litsch was a pleasant surprise, going 7-9 with a very decent 3.81 ERA in 20 starts. Brian Wolfe, meanwhile, finished with a 3-1 mark and a 2.98 ERA in 38 games out of the bullpen.

In 31 years as a franchise, the Toronto Blue Jays have had two Rookie of the Year award winners. Alfredo Griffin captured the award in 1979, while Eric Hinske accomplished the feat in 2002. Here’s a look at some of the top rookie campaigns in Blue Jays history …

Bob Bailor, 1977 — In Toronto’s inaugural season, Bailor hit .310 with 21 doubles and 15 stolen bases in 122 games — including 54 at shortstop and 63 in the outfield. For his efforts, he also earned Toronto’s first ever Player of the Year award, as selected by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers Association.

Alfredo Griffin, 1979 — The Blue Jay shortstop became the first Toronto player to earn AL Rookie of the Year honours, splitting the award with Minnesota’s John Castino. In 153 games, Griffin batted .287 with a career-high 179 hits and 81 runs scored.

Mark Eichhorn, 1986 — Recognized by The Sporting News as Rookie Pitcher of the Year, Eichhorn went 14-6 with an impressive 1.72 ERA in 69 relief appearances. In 157.0 innings of work, the submariner posted 166 strikeouts compared to just 45 walks.

John Olerud, 1990 — In 111 games, the sweet-swinging Olerud posted a .364 on-base percentage (.265 average) with 14 homers and 48 RBIs.

Juan Guzman, 1991 — The hard-throwing right-hander finished second behind Chuck Knoblauch for AL Rookie of the Year after posting a 10-3 record and a 2.99 ERA in 23 starts.

Shawn Green, 1995 — The left-handed hitting Green batted .288 with 31 doubles, 15 homers and 54 RBIs in 121 contests.

Jose Cruz Jr., 1997 — Split between Seattle and Toronto, Cruz finished second (Nomar Garciaparra) in the AL Rookie of the Year race, compiling 26 home runs and 68 RBIs in 104 games.

Billy Koch, 1999 — Called up in May, Koch recorded 31 saves and posted an ERA of 3.39 in 56 contests.

Eric Hinske, 2002 — The third baseman had his best season as a Blue Jay, batting .279 (.365 OBP) with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs en route to winning the AL Rookie of the Year award.

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