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Reds rookie Jonathan India could join Frank Robinson with this unique distinction

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) smiles.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) smiles. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The Rookie of the Year Awards will be handed out tonight, and by all accounts, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India should take home the hardware.

India, if he wins, will be the first Reds player since Scott Williamson in 1999 to take home the trophy and the first Reds position player to win the award since Chris Sabo in 1988.

But, India has a the opportunity to join some very elite company; Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

If the 24-year-old is unanimously declared the NL Rookie of the Year, he'll join Robinson as the only players in Cincinnati Reds history to accomplish such a feat.

Robinson won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1956 and was the first ever unanimous winner.

Robinson hit .290 with 38 home runs and 83 RBIs. At 20 years old, Robinson also led the league in runs scored (122).

Not only did Robinson take home Rookie of the Year honors in 1956, but the slugger went to the All-Star Game and finished seventh in the MVP voting to eventual winner Don Newcombe.

Frank Robinson may have been the first unanimous winner of the Rookie of the Year Award, but he's not the only one.

Over the years, Willie McCovey, Vince Coleman, Benito Santiago, Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Scott Rolen, Albert Pujols, Craig Kimbrel, Kris Bryant, Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger were all unanimous recepients of the NL Rookie of the Year.

If Jonathan India beats out his competitors, receiving every single first-place vote, he'll be 13th player in the National League and 23rd player in all of Major League Baseball to accomplish such a feat.

India is a finalist for the award along with Miami Marlins pitcher Trevor Rogers and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson.

Rogers' season, though impressive, was derailed by injury. Still, the Marlins' rookie posted a 7-8 record and 2.64 ERA.

Carlson hit .266/.343/.437 with 18 home runs and 65 RBIs. India bests Carlson in every single one of those categories having hit .269/.376/.459 with 21 homers and 69 RBIs.

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Jonathan India is a virtual lock to win the award. The only question is how many voters made him their No. 1 choice.

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