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Sep 9, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Harris II (23) celebrates while running the bases after hitting a solo-home run against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

His eyes glossed over, his head shook in disbelief and his voice cracked with stress. The good kind.

Emotions swelled in Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II after he heard the results Monday night. A panel of Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters named him National League Rookie of the Year for 2022 to kick off major awards week in Major League Baseball. Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodríguez won the American League version of the Jackie Robinson trophy.

Harris was gobsmacked to have won the same award that teammate Ronald Acuña did in 2018.

“I don’t know what to say,” Harris said on the MLB Network broadcast. “For someone who grew up rooting for the Braves, and having guys like David Justice, Rafael Furcal, Acuña and (Craig) Kimbrel win the same award ... it's kind of crazy."

Harris received 22 first-place votes, and his teammate, right-hander Spencer Strider, finished second with the remaining eight first-place votes. St. Louis Cardinals infielder Brendan Donovan finished a distant third. Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jake McCarthy, Cincinnati Reds pitchers Alexis Diaz and Nick Lodolo and Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Oneil Cruz also got isolated down-ballot support.

Harris, who doesn't turn 22 years old until March, hit .297/.339/.514 with 19 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 114 games after making his MLB debut on May 28. He posted 5.3 WAR at Baseball-Reference, which was 23rd in the majors among hitters — rookie or not — and better than the likes of José Altuve, Trea Turner and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Harris ranked 12th at Fangraphs in wRC+ among hitters with at least 400 plate appearances, tucked between Bryce Harper and Starling Marte. He also finished tied for fourth among center fielders and tied for 49th among all players at Fielding Bible with eight Total Runs Saved. It was quite an all-around performance for a player who was new to the major leagues.

Strider, who turned 24 in October, began the season as a long reliever in Atlanta's bullpen and didn’t join the starting rotation until May 30. He dominated frequently, reaching double digits in strikeouts six times, and he had at least nine Ks three more times. He finished with a 2.67 ERA, ninth in the NL among all pitchers with at least 120 innings, and was sixth in total strikeouts with 202.

Strider was fifth at FanGraphs in WAR. He was 12th in the NL in Base-Out Runs added, between Corbin Burnes and Aaron Nola, and he had the lowest Deserved Run Average Minus, with 51, at Baseball Prospectus. Shohei Ohtani was next, at 59.

Harris — who won NL Rookie of the Month in June, August and September — was the betting favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year at -275 at Vegas Insider, with Strider second at +225. Nobody else was closer than +50,000. Most of the drama for ROY came down to how close the results would be between Harris and Strider.

BBWAA awards week continues Tuesday with the announcement of Manager of the Year in both leagues. Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Buck Showalter of the New York Mets and Brian Snitker of the Braves are the NL finalists. The finalists in the American League include Terry Francona of the Cleveland Guardians, Brandon Hyde of the Baltimore Orioles and Scott Servais of the Seattle Mariners.

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