The saga of Jason Heyward and Buster Posey continued today, as Posey edged out Heyward for the National League Rookie of the Year.
Their history together started five years ago when they squared off against each other in the Georgia 4-A State Championships. They were constantly compared to one another when their teams squared off again in the 2010 Major League postseason.
Three voters in the NL did not vote for either Posey or Heyward as ROY, this is potentially unjustifiable. Here are the results:
|Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants||20||9||2||129|
|Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves||9||20||2||107|
|Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals||1||1||16||24|
|Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins||2||1||5||18|
|Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates||1||3|
|Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs||3||3|
|Ike Davis, New York Mets||2||2|
|Jose Tabata, Pittsburgh Pirates||1||1|
|Jonny Venters, Atlanta Braves||1||1|
Here is a comparison of their rookie year stats:
|2010 - Jason Heyward||142||520||83||144||29||5||18||72||91||128||11||6||.277||.393||.456|
|2010 - Buster Posey||108||406||58||124||23||2||18||67||30||55||0||2||.305||.357||.505|
Earlier this off-season Heyward beat out Posey for Baseball America's Rookie of the Year award.
Rookie reliever Jonny Venters received one vote for ROY... thank you Atlanta writer.