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Updated: November 12, 2003, 11:05 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
There's one way to look at Monday's American League Rookie of the Year voting in which Angel Berroa of the Royals bested Hideki Matsui of the Yankees: anything that makes George Steinbrenner mad is a good thing.

Here's another:

What's worse, leaving Matsui off the Rookie of the Year Ballot for philosophical reasons or leaving Berroa off out of stupidity? At least the two writers who dismissed Matsui's candidacy had a philosophy behind their decision. (One of them, Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is a writer I provide links to whenever possible. He's one of the most thoughtful guys out there.) What possible excuse can the two who dissed Berroa offer? I have no problem with anybody that didn't place him first or even second but was he really not one of the top three candidates this year?

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