Earlier this month Major League Baseball announced Rookie of the Year winners Rangers closer Neftali Feliz and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey. Today the final announcement was made in naming some of the other players to collect some hardware for the trophy cabinet over the 2010 season, most of whom have been regulars in our MLB Watch coverage.
While Buster Posey may be on his way to an upcoming Eastbay catalog cover, another player to receive an award this year made an appearance earlier this year. Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto had a career year leading the Cincinnati Reds into the postseason for the first time in 15 years. Votto finished up the season with a batting average of .324, 37 home runs, and 113 runs batted in. The down-to-earth first basemen grabbed all but one vote in this year’s National League MVP voting. Votto led the Reds in nearly every statistical category at the plate including, batting average, home runs, runs batted in, on-base percentage, hits, runs, and slugging percentage.
In the American League the Texas Rangers continued to have a storied season. After the team’s first ever World Series appearance and rookie Neftali Feliz winning Rookie of the Year honors, outfielder Josh Hamilton was announced as the American League’s Most Valuable Player. Hamilton led the team to the World Series on the offensive side, batting .359 with 32 home runs, 186 hits and .411 on-base percentage. Hamilton also finished second on the team in runs with 95, and was above all other Rangers players with a .633 slugging percentage.
In what many had named as the Year of the Pitcher, the Cy Young Award winners were as expected for most. Although voting had finished before Roy Halladay was near perfect in his postseason debut, it wasn’t really a surprise that the right-hander was named as the NL Cy Young winner. With Halladay’s perfect game against the Marlins in May as the high point, his performance really never had any kind of slow this season. Halladay went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA racking up 219 strikeouts along the way. He led the league in wins and was best in baseball in innings pitched with 250 2/3, shutouts with 4 and complete games with 9.
In the American League, Seattle Mariners hurler Felix Hernandez grabbed 21 out of the possible 28 votes to win his first Cy Young Award. Hernadez despite pitching for a Mariners team with a lackluster offense was dominant all season. Hernandez finished with an ERA of 2.24 and 249 2/3 innings pitched, both of which were tops in the American League. He also led the AL in quality starts and batting average against. Hernandez struck out 232 batters over the season and threw 6 complete games for the Mariners.