Although voting for the rookie of the year has to be submitted well before the postseason begins, both of this year’s winners played like veterans through October. Texas Rangers rookie closer Neftali Feliz and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey were announced as the American League and National League Rookie of the Year Award winners today.
Neftali Feliz ranked third in the American League in saves. Feliz ended the season with rookie record 40 saves, while giving up just just 3 blown saves. In 69 1/3 innings Feliz struck out 71 batters and walked a mere 18. Feliz helped the Rangers into the franchise’s very first World Series this year. In the postseason Feliz recorded another save and struck out 11 batters in just 7 1/3. Feliz grabbed 20 first place votes out of a possible 28.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey grabbed National League Rookie of the Year honors. He ended the year with a .305 batting average, 18 home runs and 67 runs batted in. Posey was equally impressive on the defensive side with a caught stealing percentage of .371, giving up just one passed ball on the season. Posey was a key in the San Francisco Giants success, leading the team passed a handful of tough teams in both the regular season and the postseason. Posey was given 20 out of a possible 32 first place votes.
This year marks the first time since 1981 that both Rookie of the Year Award winners met in the World Series. Then it was Dave Righetti while with the New York Yankees and Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Righetti ironically is the current pitching coach for the Giants.
Look for Buster Posey on an upcoming Eastbay catalog cover soon.