Alvin Davis of the Seattle Mariners, who became the most productive slugger in the team's history after failing to make the club in spring training, was named the American League's rookie of the year yesterday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The 24-year-old first baseman received 25 first-place votes and 134 points from the 28 members of the BBWAA who participated in the voting.
Davis' teammate, Mark Langston, a 17-game winner and the league's strikeout leader, received three first-place votes and 82 points to finish second in the balloting.
Davis became the first Seattle player to win a major postseason award and he and Langston are the first teammates to finish one-two in AL rookie-of-the-year voting since Boston's Fred Lynn and Jim Rice in 1975.
Outfielder Kirby Puckett of Minnesota was third with 23 points, followed, in order, by second baseman Tim Teufel of Minnesota (five), outfielder Mike Young of Baltimore (three) and pitcher Roger Clemens of Boston (two).
Called up from the minors in April, Davis went on to hit 27 home runs and drive in a club-record 116 runs. His average was .284 . . .
Representatives of baseball management and the Major League Players Association met for more than four hours in New York as talks seeking a new collective bargaining agreement resumed.
The two sides do not expect to meet again until after baseball's winter meetings, which are scheduled for Dec. 3-7 in Houston . . .
Pittsburgh Pirates President Dan Galbreath said the National League team is for sale. Galbreath said his family, which owns 50 percent of the team, has not talked to any prospective buyers. But he said a condition of the sale would be that the team remain in Pittsburgh.