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Posey, Feliz win ROY awards; Strasburg shut out in NL voting

By Dave Sheinin

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz -- whose teams faced each other in the 2010 World Series -- were named rookies of the year in the National and American Leagues, respectively, on Monday.

In what was expected to be a tight race in the NL, Posey -- who batted cleanup for much of the second half of the season and handled the Giants' ace-laden pitching staff -- won decisively over Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward, garnering 20 of a possible 32 first-place votes, for a point total of 129, in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Heyward received nine first-place votes and finished second, while St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia (one first-place vote) and Florida Marlins outfielder Gaby Sanchez (two) finished third and fourth.

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, whose June 8 debut remains one of the most memorable moments of the 2010 season, did not receive any first-, second- or third-place votes.

In the AL, Feliz, who set a rookie record with 40 saves this season, won by a comfortable margin over Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson. Feliz won 20 of the possible 28 first-place votes, with Jackson receiving the remaining eight.

By Dave Sheinin  | November 15, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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Seeing Buster Posey get the start on what promises to be an outstanding career (Inshallah) was a very enjoyable part of this year. Though he appears to be 14.

Posted by: markfromark | November 15, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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