Posey and Feliz win Rookie of the Year awards

Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:09pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - San Francisco Giants World Series winning catcher Buster Posey won the National League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday while Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz took the American League's prize.

Posey comfortably defeated Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward in the vote by 32 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

He spent almost two months at minor league Fresno before he was recruited as the Giants first base where he made an immediate impact.

Posey batted .417 with seven homers and 24 RBIs and was named National League player of the month for July as he helped the team to win 20 of 28 games beginning a run of form that led to the World Series triumph.

Feliz beat Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson in the AL vote. After taking over as the Rangers' closer in mid-April, he saved 40 games, setting a Major League record for most saves by a rookie.

(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by John Mehaffey)

 
<p>San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey celebrates after defeating the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington, Texas, November 1, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar</p>