Former Baylor pitching ace Jason Jennings added another award to his trophy case in November when he was named the 2002 National League Rookie of the Year.
Jennings, now a starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, went 16-8 with a 4.52 ERA in his first full season in the major leagues. Those numbers led to a runaway win in the voting, where he claimed 27 of 32 first-place votes.
"They said I was the only guy on every ballot," Jennings said. "Once I got home in Texas, I started reflecting on the season I had. It's not an individual game, but it was good to have a season like that, and it kind of makes it special that it was in my rookie year."
Recognition is nothing new to Jennings. A former pitcher and designated hitter while at Baylor (1997-1999), Jennings twice was named All-American. In 1999, he was the consensus National Collegiate Player of the Year before being selected in the first round of the major league draft by the Rockies.