DENVER (AP) -- Jason Jennings broke into the majors in dramatic fashion late in the 2001 season, becoming the first player to throw a shutout and hit a home run in his big league debut.
He got into the record books again at the end of his first full season in the majors.
The Colorado Rockies right-hander was voted NL Rookie of the Year on Monday, and Toronto third baseman Eric Hinske won the AL honor as the Baseball Writers' Association of America began announcing its awards for the 2002 season.
Jennings and Hinske were more worried about jobs than potential awards when they started the season.
"The first month or even two months of the season, I wasn't even sure I'd be there the whole year. I had all my options left," Jennings said.
Hinske echoed Jennings' comments.
"I just wanted to be staying in the big leagues the whole year," Hinske said. "The success I had was pretty surprising for me."
The 24-year-old Jennings went 16-8 with a 4.52 ERA and became the first Colorado player to win the award. Todd Helton finished second to Kerry Wood four years ago. Jennings got 27 first-place votes and five seconds for 150 points.
Montreal outfielder Brad Wilkerson, who batted .266 with 20 homers and 59 RBIs, was second with two firsts and 57 points. Cincinnati outfielder Austin Kearns also got two firsts and had 40 points after hitting .315 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs.
Los Angeles left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii got the other first-place vote and had 14 points. He went 14-10 with a 4.27 ERA in his first season since leaving the Japanese leagues.
The 25-year-old Hinske, acquired by Toronto from Oakland last December in the deal that sent closer Billy Koch to the Athletics, won the Blue Jays' third-base job in spring training and hit .279 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs. He got 19 of 28 first-place votes and nine seconds to finish with 122 points.
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