2010 MLB Rookie of the Year Award Voting
What is the MLB Rookie of the Year Award?
The Rookie of the Year Award (ROY) is presented every baseball season to a player in both the National and American League.
First established in 1940 by the Chicago Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), the Rookie of the Year did not become a national award until 1947 when it was presented to Jackie Robinson of the then Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1987, the title of the award was changed to The Jackie Robinson Award to honor the inaugural winner.
In order to qualify as a candidate for the award, a player must have fewer than 130 at bats, 45 innings pitched or 45 days of Major League service in any other MLB season.
Voters for The Rookie of the Year Award assign each candidate a first-place, second-place or third-place vote. A first-place vote is worth 5 points, a second-place vote is worth 3 points and a third-place vote is worth 1 point. Whichever candidate from each league accumulates the most points wins the award for that season.
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2010 NL Rookie of the Year
In what was an extremely impressive 2010 National League Rookie Class, Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants stood out as the best among his peers.
Posey received 20 first-place votes compared to nine for Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves, two for Gaby Sanchez of the Florida Marlins and one for Jaime Garcia of the St. Louis Cardinals. Buster Posey finished with a total of 129 points and 22 more than second-place finisher, Heyward.
After joining the team on May 29th, Posey went on to hit .305 with 18 HR and 67 RBI as the San Francisco Giants primary cleanup hitter. He also contributed a .348 OBP and .505 SLG over the course of the season. The Giants went on to win the National League West and the National League pennant on their way to a World Series Championship over the Texas Rangers.
While postseason statistics don't affect the vote, it is likely that the impact of Buster Posey in the lineup and the team's regular season success and finish played a large role in the final decision. During the 108 games Posey played for the San Francisco Giants, the team compiled a record of 67-48 on their way to the division championship. While Jason Heyward certainly helped the Braves on their Wild Card run, he did miss key stretches of the season due to injury and lost his power stroke for most of the middle of the year.
Posey started 76 games at the catcher position and is now only the sixth player to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award at the position and only the ninth of all time. At the young age of 23, Buster Posey has a very bright future ahead of them and should see many more awards down the road and possibly more World Series Championships as the captain of the San Francisco Giants talented young pitching staff.
2010 AL Rookie of the Year
The 2010 Rookie Class in the American League was nowhere near as memorable as the National League, making Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers a somewhat easy choice for the BBWAA.
Feliz, like Buster Posey, received 20 of the first-place Rookie of the Year Award votes while Austin Jackson, center fielder for the Detroit Tigers, walked away with eight and second place in the overall voting. The other four first- place votes were split up amongst lesser-known players such as Danny Valencia of the Minnesota Twins, Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Orioles and Wade Davis and John Jaso of the Tampa Bay Rays. Neftali Feliz finished with 122 total points, beating Jackson by 22 and Valencia, the next closest, by 110. Don't mess with Texas!
Under the tutelage of his pitching coach, Mike Maddux, and team president, Nolan Ryan, Neftali Feliz transitioned from a starter to a relief pitcher in 2009 and then took over the closer role for the Texas Rangers in early 2010.
As the team's closer, Feliz recorded 40 saves along with a 2.73 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings pitched. Much like the San Francisco Giants, the Rangers enjoyed much success in 2010 thanks in large part to their Rookie of the Year Award winner. Neftali Feliz, along with a potent offense and a new focus on defense and pitching, helped lead the Rangers on their way to a American League West title, American League pennant and the franchise's first ever appearance in the World Series.
With Nolan Ryan standing by and a team built for long-term success, it is likely you can continue to expect great things from the Texas Rangers and their 22-year old closer.
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