2010 Rookies of the Year

Buster Posey Wins NL Award,
Neftali Feliz Wins in AL

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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was elected the National League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award by the BBWAA. It marked the sixth time a Giants player has been honored and the first time since 1975 when pitcher John Montefusco won the award.

Posey, 23, was named first on 20 of the 32 ballots cast by two writers in each league city, second on nine and third on two to finish with 129 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. Voting was conducted before the start of the postseason.

Posey hit .305 with 18 home runs and 67 runs batted in and handled a pitching staff that helped the Giants win the NL West title. His 21-game hitting streak from July 4-28 was the longest of the season by a rookie in either league.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward (.273, 18 HR, 72 RBI) received nine first-place votes and was the runner-up in the balloting with 107 points. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia (13-8, 2.70 ERA) got one first-place vote and placed third with 24 points. The other two first-place votes went to Florida Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez (.273, 19 HR, 85 RBI), who finished fourth with 18 points. In all, nine players gained mention.

Posey was the sixth NL catcher honored, joining Johnny Bench, Earl Williams, Benito Santiago, Mike Piazza and Geovanny Soto. Catchers who won the award in the American League were Thurman Munson, Carlton Fisk and Sandy Alomar Jr. Other former Giants winners in addition to Montefusco were Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey and Gary Matthews.

The voting:

1st 2nd 3rd Points
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 20 9 2 129
Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves 9 20 2 107
Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals 1 1 16 24
Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins 2 1 5 18
Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates 1 3
Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs 3 3
Ike Davis, New York Mets 2 2
Jose Tabata, Pittsburgh Pirates 1 1
Jonny Venters, Atlanta Braves 1 1

Rookie Save Record Boosts Feliz to Award

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Texas Rangers righthander Neftali Feliz, who set a major league record for saves by a pitcher in his first major-league season with 40, was voted the American League winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.

Feliz, 22, was listed first on 20 of the 28 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city, second on seven and third on one to amass 122 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. Voting was conducted before the start of the postseason.

Feliz’s saves total broke the previous rookie mark of 37 by 2000 winner Kazuhiro Sasaki of the Seattle Mariners.

Feliz, who had a 4-3 record with a 2.73 earned run average in 70 relief appearances, is the first Dominican pitcher to win the award and the third winner from the Dominican Republic overall, joining Alfredo Griffin and Angel Berroa. Dominican-born winners in the National League were Raul Mondesi, Rafael Furcal, Albert Pujols and Hanley Ramirez.

A closer has won the AL award three times in the past six years. Oakland’s Andrew Bailey won in 2009 and Huston Street in 2005. Feliz is the fifth closer honored. The first was the Baltimore’s Gregg Olson in 1989. New York Yankees pitcher Dave Righetti was a starter when he won the award in 1981.

Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson, who received the other eight first-place votes, was the runner-up in the balloting with 98 points. Jackson led all AL rookies in runs (103), hits (151), doubles (34), triples (10), extra-base hits (48), stolen bases (27) and total bases (247).

Feliz is the second Rangers player to win the award. The other was first baseman Mike Hargrove in 1974.

The voting:

1st 2nd 3rd Points
Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers 20 7 1 122
Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers 8 19 1 98
Danny Valencia, Minnesota Twins 1 9 12
Wade Davis, Tampa Bay Rays 11 11
John Jaso, Tampa Bay Rays 1 3
Brennan Boesch, Detroit Tigers 3 3
Brian Matusz, Baltimore Orioles 3 3

Award schedule

Monday, Nov. 15: AL & NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards.
Tuesday, Nov. 16: NL Cy Young Award.
Wednesday, Nov. 17: AL & NL Manager of the Year Awards.
Thursday, Nov. 18: AL Cy Young Award.
Monday, Nov. 22: NL Most Valuable Player Award.
Tuesday, Nov. 23: AL Most Valuable Player Award