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Rays Randy Arozarena focused on postseason

Rays Randy Arozarena focused on postseason

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — How often does a player win the Rookie of the Year Award and return to Spring Training with less hype than the year before?

Arozarena couldn’t have put together a much better rookie season. He hit .274/.356/.459 with 20 home runs, 20 stolen bases and 32 doubles in 141 games for Tampa Bay. On a 100-win team that claimed the American League’s best record and a second straight AL East title, his 4.1 WAR ranked second behind only 10th-place AL MVP finisher Brandon Lowe (4.7), according to Baseball-Reference. Arozarena was an AL Gold Glove finalist in left field. He received 22 of 30 first-place votes and easily finished first in the AL Rookie of the Year Award balloting.

Sounds like the kind of season that would generate an enormous amount of attention, right? Or at least the sort of year that would generate significant buzz about what he might do for an encore? Well, not necessarily. Arozarena already proved last year he could handle the pressure and…

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