Heyward second to Posey for NL Rookie of the Year

Jason Heyward had one of the best seasons ever for a player so young, but the Braves right fielder still had to settle for second in the National League Rookie of the Year race.

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey beat out Heyward for the NL rookie award announced Monday by the Baseball Writers Association of America, as two Georgia natives finished in the top spots on the ballot.

Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz won the American League Rookie of the Year award, the former Braves prospect totaling 20 first-place votes to Detroit runner-up Austin Jackson’s eight.

Posey, who is from Leesburg in South Georgia, hit .305 with 18 home runs and 67 RBIs in 108 games and received first-place votes on 20 of 32 NL ballots.

Heyward, from McDonough, hit .277 with 18 homers, 72 RBIs and a .393 on-base percentage in 142 games, and got nine first-place votes and 20 second-place votes.

St. Louis pitcher Jaime Garcia had one first-place vote and finished third overall, and Florida first baseman Gaby Sanchez got the other two first-place votes and finished fourth.

Braves reliever Jonny Venters got one third-place vote and tied for eighth with Pittsburgh’s Jose Tabata.

Four Atlanta Braves rookies have won the award: Earl Williams (1971), Bob Horner (1978),  David Justice (1990) and Rafael Furcal (2000). Chipper Jones was runner-up to 26-year-old rookie Hideo Nomo in 1995.

Five years ago, Heyward’s Henry County High team beat Posey’s Lee County High for the Georgia Class AAAA state championship, when Heyward was a sophomore and Posey a senior.

Heyward, who turned 21 in August, finished fourth in the NL – among all hitters, not just rookies — in walks (93) and on-base percentage. His .393 OBP was the sixth-highest ever for a player younger than 21 at the beginning of the season.

He led all qualifying rookies with an .849 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS). Heyward is nearly 2-1/2 years younger than Posey, who played at Florida State (Heyward signed with the Braves out of high school.)

Posey began the season in Triple-A and wasn’t called to the majors until May 29. But he worked his way into the fourth spot in the Giants’ lineup and, despite having only three years of catching experience, he was lauded for his skills and leadership of a pitching staff that led the majors with a 3.36 ERA.

That pitching staff was the mainstay for San Francisco on the way to its  World Series championship.

“You talk about a catcher hitting cleanup, you think of Johnny Bench,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said in describing how special was Posey. “You just don’t see many of these guys.”

Among Braves with at least 50 at-bats with runners in scoring position, Heyward’s .306 average in those situations was the team’s second-best, and his .927 OPS was the team leader. Meanwhile, Posey led the Giants with a .312 average and .923 OPS with runners in scoring position.

Heyward played through a thumb injury that diminished his power for about six weeks and eventually required a DL stint that kept him out of the All-Star Game after he was elected as a starter.

Tales of his batting-practice exploits during spring training lifted Heyward to an almost mythic status with Braves fans before most saw him play. He added to the legend by pounding a tape-measure homer in his first at-bat on opening day against the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field, sending a sellout crowd into a frenzy.

Heyward jerseys flew off the shelves, and the 6-foot-5, 245-pound slugger also had a positive effect in the clubhouse. He played with enthusiasm and earned admiration from teammates for the way he conducted himself on and off the field, never seeking attention or letting success go to his head.

“Young kid, 20 years old, full of energy and talent,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said early in the season. “It really is energizing to have somebody like that for the veterans, to have someone come along and help immediately.”

Heyward and was one of the biggest stories in baseball during spring training and through April and most of May, when Posey was still in the minors.

But Posey would take the league by storm by mid-summer, batting .417 with seven homers, 24 RBIs and a 1.067 OPS in July in his second full month in the majors.

He helped the Giants beat the Braves in the division series on the way to their first World Series title since the team moved to San Francisco. (Posey’s postseason performance didn’t affect voting, as BBWAA ballots had to be submitted before the first game of the playoffs.)

Heyward started the season sizzling with a .301 average, 10 homers, 38 RBIs and league-leading 1.017 OPS through his first 46 games.

His production dipped after he sprained his thumb in late May. Heyward played through it for several weeks before eventually requiring a stint on the disabled list that kept him out of the All-Star Game after he was elected to start.

He hit just .179 with one homer, seven RBIs and a .513 OPS in 29 games from May 21 through July 18, which included his first three games back from the DL.

From July 19 through the end of the season, Heyward hit .306 with seven homers and an .891 OPS in 67 games, with 48 walks and a .423 on-base percentage.

– By David O’Brien, Braves blog

151 comments Add your comment

Nova Scotia Steve

November 15th, 2010
2:58 pm

Horse manure

VP

November 15th, 2010
2:59 pm

I am not being a Homer but these award honestly should have gone to Jason.

VP

November 15th, 2010
3:00 pm

Didn’t Chipper finish second in the ROY voting too? I am wouldn’t mind Heyward enjoying a Chipper like career.

Supes

November 15th, 2010
3:00 pm

BS…Heyward got robbed, fraking voters were prisoners of the moment (the Giants winning in the playoffs and the WS).

Have a Nomo over Chipper for ROY feeling all over again for the Braves…

GTMustang

November 15th, 2010
3:01 pm

I think Buster deserved it more.

He singlehandedly won playoff games for the Giants. It’s a close call, but Posey was better and more consistent throughout the year.

wheeL

November 15th, 2010
3:02 pm

well posey, there you are…your career just peaked, enjoy the steady downhill grind, cause it simply cant get any better for you than this.

Buster Posey

November 15th, 2010
3:07 pm

I showed Jay Heward in the NDLS who was better

don

November 15th, 2010
3:08 pm

I find it difficult for anyone to make a legitimate argument for Heyward over Posey.
Posey deserved the honor. Heyward deserved to be second.

Feliz was the obvious choice in the AL. It just provides additional proof that the Teixeira trade was one of baseball’s all-time stupid moves.

kreedham

November 15th, 2010
3:10 pm

I think I’m right in saying the voting has to be in before the playoff’s start so it had no affect on Posey/Heyward. Had the postseason been considered it wouldn’t have been close!

Trade Brian McCann

November 15th, 2010
3:10 pm

I would take Posey over McCann anyday

Casey Strikes Out

November 15th, 2010
3:10 pm

WELL-DESERVED FOR BOTH GEORGIANS!

pay attention

November 15th, 2010
3:10 pm

votes had to be in BEFORE

red dawg

November 15th, 2010
3:10 pm

both guys played great…but i think J Hey deserved it more

Supes

November 15th, 2010
3:11 pm

think Buster deserved it more.

He singlehandedly won playoff games for the Giants. It’s a close call, but Posey was better and more consistent throughout the year.

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Post season shouldn’t count toward a REGULAR season award. Like I said…prisoners of the moment voters.

Also, Posey didn’t even have enough AB’s to qualify for a batting title but can win ROY? I mean they’ve set a president, where a guy can come up in JUNE now…and light it up with “decent power stats and nice looking average – due to many reasons for which I’m not going into” and he’ll win it…when we all know the more you play (heyward – the more likely you will not have the higher BA)

Lets face it…if Heyward had an above .300 BA (which he did when he was healthy) he would have won this easy.

Voters like “pretty stats”…Posey had the better average. Whatever…

LD

November 15th, 2010
3:11 pm

I know that ROY voters aren’t supposed to take postseason into account, but when the top two candidates play head-to-head in a series where one leads his team to victory while the other, well, chokes, it’s hard not to consider it.

I’d much rather have Heyward than Posey, but Buster deserved the award.

pay attention

November 15th, 2010
3:12 pm

votes had to be in BEFORE the first game of the playoffs…….Posey played a more important position and had the same stats in less time….it’s Posey hands down. I hate it but it is

WTF??

November 15th, 2010
3:12 pm

both guys played great…but i think J Hey deserved it more

How many times did J Hey strike out in the NDLS

Strikeout Heyward

November 15th, 2010
3:13 pm

Heyward just struckout again

Joey

November 15th, 2010
3:14 pm

To the victors go the spoils . . .

VP, if Heyward hadn’t disappeared during the playoffs, he probably would have still got the votes.

GTT

November 15th, 2010
3:15 pm

Again, the voting was done BEFORE the playoffs ever began. Thank you.

bravesgrl4life

November 15th, 2010
3:15 pm

Trade Brian McCann – I would take Posey over McCann anyday

Look out for McFann! You ought to know better than to mess with her Mann (and mine :evil: )

Strikeout Heyward

November 15th, 2010
3:15 pm

Again, Heyward just struckout

Mike

November 15th, 2010
3:16 pm

We will have another ROY candidate at 1st base next year. I’ll take that all year every year.

Skyhook

November 15th, 2010
3:17 pm

I was in at that Lee Co. Henry Co. series 5 years ago. Both young men played great. Buster hurt his back in the second game, and they would not let him play in the final game. As good of a catcher as he is now, we all thought his future was in pitching. He could really bring it.

Don’t know Jason, but sure he is a good guy. Buster went all the way thru school with one of my children. He comes from a great family. Has impeccible manners. Is humble, non-assuming, and definitely a role model.

In spite of all his success he has not changed a bit.

In this cynical world it is most refreshing to see this happen to such a good guy.

neal

November 15th, 2010
3:17 pm

If Heyward had played for any team other than the Braves he would have won. Braves get no respect from most of the media

nemov

November 15th, 2010
3:18 pm

Attention morons. These ballots were cast BEFORE the playoffs.

That aside, Posey had a better regular season. Heyward’s power numbers died after the injury.

Posey by the #s

November 15th, 2010
3:18 pm

Can’t argue against fact that Posey created the same type of run numbers (RBIs) in 100+ less ABs. Hit about 30 points higher. Played in bigger market and Giants won the division. All adds up.

victim

November 15th, 2010
3:19 pm

we wuz robbed!!

WTF??

November 15th, 2010
3:19 pm

Oregon Braves fan

November 15th, 2010
3:20 pm

I’m pretty sure the voting took place before the playoffs, so any thing that happened there did not factor into the voting.

The truth

November 15th, 2010
3:20 pm

Buster Posey>>>>>>>Brian McCann and Jason Heyward

Mike S

November 15th, 2010
3:21 pm

Relax Braves fans voters couldn’t have went wrong with either choice. We all know if Jason hadn’t played with a bad thumb for a month and half and spent time on the DL he would have walked away with the voting.

Andrew

November 15th, 2010
3:22 pm

Don’t worry…Freeman has a good shot at it next year :)

Supes

November 15th, 2010
3:22 pm

What neal said…if Heyward has been a Phillie, he would be ROY hands down.

[...] Posey received 20 first place votes, Heyward nine. Just be happy that Heyward is a Brave and — assuming Liberty Media (or the Braves’ next owner) manages to shake loose enough change from the couch cushions – he will be in Atlanta for a long time. [...]

Excuses

November 15th, 2010
3:23 pm

Jason Heyward couldn’t carry Posey’s jock strap, all those swings in the dirt proves he is a CHOKE!!!!

David

November 15th, 2010
3:23 pm

Does anyone in Georgia have any reading comprehension skills? The votes for Rookie of the Year had to be made before the playoffs began. That means that the voters for Rookie of the Year did not know (1) that the Giants would beat the Braves, (2) how Posey or Heyward would perform, and (3) that the Giants would win the World Series. That means the votes were made on their regular season performances. (For the record, I don’t live in San Francisco, but I am from the North.)

Supes

November 15th, 2010
3:24 pm

Relax Braves fans voters couldn’t have went wrong with either choice. We all know if Jason hadn’t played with a bad thumb for a month and half and spent time on the DL he would have walked away with the voting.

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Exactly, I think that’s what sucks the most, is knowing if Heyward has been healthy all year long he’d have put up better overall numbers for sure.

LD

November 15th, 2010
3:24 pm

Posey’s postseason numbers may not have AFFECTED the voting, but they certainly CONFIRMED that the voting outcome was the right one.

Of the two players, when it really mattered, one picked up his team and put it on his back, and the other didn’t. Simple as that. Anyone arguing that Heyward was a more valuable player than Posey THIS SEASON is delusional.

Over the course of a career, well, that’s a different story…

Lee

November 15th, 2010
3:25 pm

Why are so many having such a hard time comprehending that ALL regular season award votes had to be sent in before the playoffs ever started?

The truth

November 15th, 2010
3:26 pm

Enter your comments here

nemov

November 15th, 2010
3:26 pm

I don’t think a four game series confirmed much of anything. Judging two players based on four games is idiotic at best.

The truth

November 15th, 2010
3:27 pm

Buster Posey>>>>>>Healthy Jason Heyward

David

November 15th, 2010
3:28 pm

One more thing. Posey and Heyward had the same number of home runs and essentially the same number of RBIs. We can give Heyward the benefit of the doubt and assume his batting average was lower because he had more ABs then Posey. But, Posey plays a much more difficult and important decision. All things being equal, Posey was the right choice.

mike

November 15th, 2010
3:29 pm

Hell yea!!! Way to go Posey, ROY and a WS. The man deserves every damn bit of it!!!!! Congrats!

WTF??

November 15th, 2010
3:29 pm

I don’t think a four game series confirmed much of anything. Judging two players based on four games is idiotic at best.

So judging a player when it matters is idiotic. You are a idiot. Where was heyward when the game was on the line?Striking Out once again

Attention

November 15th, 2010
3:31 pm

To all you low IQ numbnuts screaming “prisoners of the moment”! What part of “BBWAA ballots had to be submitted before the first game of the playoffs” did you not get?

LD

November 15th, 2010
3:31 pm

nemov,

Don’t be ignorant. The two players had regular seasons of similar caliber and then in the most important four games of the season to that point, one player led his team to victory while the other struck out 8 times.

Please try to argue that this is irrelevant to each player’s value to his team.

Ted

November 15th, 2010
3:32 pm

This was the right choice. Posey out-hit and out-slugged Heyward, while throwing out a respectable 37% of base stealers and doing an excellent job working with that pitching staff.

It’s not that Heyward was bad, and he’d have won it a lot of years, but the thumb injury hurt Heyward’s numbers too much for him to beat out a great debut season from Posey.

Joe

November 15th, 2010
3:34 pm

I’m a Giants fan, so obviously I’m pleased. Both players had great years, it could have gone either way, but the Giants would not have even made it to the playoffs if it weren’t for Posey. They’re both going to have great careers. I’m sure Braves fans are disappointed, but you’ve got a legitimate stud on the team, enjoy.

Really

November 15th, 2010
3:37 pm

nemov,

So rating a player when it matters the most in the playoffs is idiotic? You are the real idiot. Your statements are stupid.

nemov

November 15th, 2010
3:39 pm

LD,

Look at Posey’s numbers in the World Series. They weren’t very good. Care to start the Posey is a choker meme? Even Babe Ruth had slumps.

BravesFan

November 15th, 2010
3:40 pm

The problem here is that Heyward played a full year and had a slump during the season. Although he was hurt, it probably hurt his chances even more considering that Posey had about the same stats playing only half the year.

BravesFan

November 15th, 2010
3:41 pm

They vote PRIOR to the playoffs.

JonnyVenter'sLeftArm

November 15th, 2010
3:42 pm

I didn’t want Hewyard to win; didn’t want that ROY curse; let’s see how ol’ Buster deals with it.

Bill

November 15th, 2010
3:44 pm

I seem to recall both Bob Horner in 1978 and Earl Williams in 1971 being Rookie of the Year winners for the Braves. Correct me if I’m wrong.

extremus

November 15th, 2010
3:47 pm

It could have gone either way, but I had a feeling Posey would turn out the winner. If Heyward hadn’t injured his thumb and his offensive numbers plummeted for so long, he probably would have won. The fact is, Jason Heyward had some glaring flaws (taking first-pitch strikes which often led to strikeouts, rolling over pitches into groundouts on the right side of the infield, etc) that were never addressed over the course of the season. You can lay the responsibility for that on him, Terry Pendleton, or both, but fortunately for the Giants Posey never fell into any of those “bad habits” while he played at the MLB level this year; hence he got the nod for ROY. Hopefully with a fresh voice and approach from Lance Parrish, Heyward will reach the potential Braves fans hope he has and establish himself as the better player in the long term.

Texas Frenchy

November 15th, 2010
3:48 pm

Posey deserved it, now lets forget about it & trade for Uggla, Im sure he would like to play for Fredi again,counting on Chipper will turn out badly, put Uggla @ 2nd, Prado @ 3rd, Infante in LF & you have something, putting Chipper back in the 3 hole is a dead end plan, with Heyward, McCann, Gonzalez, & Uggla all can hit over 20 bombs, Prado, McOut, & Freeman have power too, lets go get Uggly I mean Uggla!!!!!!!!!

Supes

November 15th, 2010
3:49 pm

I didn’t want Hewyard to win; didn’t want that ROY curse; let’s see how ol’ Buster deals with it.

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When you look at it that way, it doesn’t seem so bad :)

I wonder if Heyward even cares about it, given that he’s a team guy and this is an individual award.

Anyone who wants to say Posey over McCann needs to have themselves checked for brain damage…McCann has been the best power hitting catcher in the NL for what…4 full seasons now? Posey hasn’t even PLAYED A FULL SEASON YET!!! Just damn…what if Posey goes out and has a so-so year next year, will you all worship at the altar then?

extremus

November 15th, 2010
3:49 pm

Sorry if I got the wrong Parrish; there was Lance and Larry and I think I remember both playing catcher back during the 80s and 90s.

Renegator

November 15th, 2010
3:50 pm

I’m a Braves fan but Posey deserved this award. Nice job Jason – finishing second. Let’s hope he follows it up with and even better sophomore year.

dap01

November 15th, 2010
3:50 pm

The bigger story is who is going to join Heyward in the Braves outfield. The Braves have had a horrible outfield the past two year, yet still had decent teams. Can Wren do anything? Getting an AVERAGE left fielder is one of the easiest positions to fill. But not if you are always shopping in the clearence rack!

Kashi

November 15th, 2010
3:51 pm

Well, JHey didn’t get a SINGLE HIT in NDLS. who is more deserving now?

extremus

November 15th, 2010
3:52 pm

Dan Uggla would likely put up great offensive numbers for the Braves, but his glove would negate a LOT of that; anybody remember the HORRIBLE game he had against the Braves defensively this season? It was just a taste. The Braves definitely need more offense, but they need more defensive strength too.

David O'Brien

November 15th, 2010
3:52 pm

Braves have had two players win Rookie of the Year since Bob Horner won it in ‘78: David Justice (’90) and Rafael Furcal (2000).

In ‘95, Chipper (23 HRs, 86 RBI) was runner-up to 26-year-old Hideo Nomo (13-6, 2.54 ERA, 236 strikeouts in 191-1/3 innings).

Frozen Rope

November 15th, 2010
3:53 pm

In the words of Joe Tess Fish House,,, Heyward probably would have got it if he wasnt injury Prune,,,

Kashi

November 15th, 2010
3:54 pm

Texas Frenchy… Getting uggly (Ugla) is a nice thought but it is not going to happen cuz Marlins ask too much and we are not sure if Ugla is going to sign with us after 2012.

PMC

November 15th, 2010
3:55 pm

They were both deserving. This happens and Strasburg would have gotten it if he were healthy.

Awards are the products of being a media darling.

There is so much negativity towards this town and everyone in it nationally, you’re going to have to be head and shoulders better to get an award like that.

PMC

November 15th, 2010
3:56 pm

The good news is that Heward did all this at 20! Wait until he’s in his prime.

atlwolf

November 15th, 2010
3:59 pm

Knew it. Heyward would have had it if he hadn’t gotten hurt. I knew the moment he hurt that wrist that his ROY chances were down the tubes.

Bigwheel

November 15th, 2010
4:08 pm

Im calling hog wash on this vote. Jason was the first rookie in a very long time to have close to a .400 OBP. Posey joined his team after june for super two status. Just a load of crap…..

deb

November 15th, 2010
4:09 pm

USA Today said 2 of their sports guys voted for Jason and they put the explaination their votes in the article. They said the votes had to be in prior to the post season, so Posey won before anyone knew the Giants were going to the Series! Jason got robbed!

SeaAtl

November 15th, 2010
4:09 pm

As a lifelong Braves fan I would have been happy with Heyward winning, but Posey was hands-down the better all around player this year. To point to one state (on-base percentage) to illustrate Heyward’s superiority won’t work, because if Posey had played all season in the majors he would have eclipsed Heyward in everything else (HR’s, RBI, etc.). Shouldn’t even be a debate – Posey had a better season. Over the long haul, they’ll both be great but I am excited to have Heyward on our team and think he’ll get a couple of MVP’s to sooth the sting of not winning a ROY.

Jack

November 15th, 2010
4:10 pm

Love the Braves… Love Jason Heyward… Don’t think he deserved ROY… Heyward’s got some holes in his swing (inside pitch low and up) he will need to work on, but I think he has the talent to figure it out.

To handle a pitching staff as a Rookie the way Posey did and bat cleanup, he clearly was the most deserving.

Not Sure....

November 15th, 2010
4:10 pm

J-hey is a five tool guy who is going to have a great career, unfortunately with the way buster handles the great SF pitching, he’s a six tool guy…..

hAL

November 15th, 2010
4:11 pm

hewyward will not win roy bank it lol

hAL

November 15th, 2010
4:13 pm

that lil hole in his swing is the wqhole inside corner pitchers dont even need tpo have real good control to get him out hes pretty much just a m,istake hitter whos weak defencively

Peter

November 15th, 2010
4:20 pm

Posey deserved it, and was a better clutch hitter in the big games for sure.

lexbrave

November 15th, 2010
4:20 pm

“if Posey had played all season in the majors he would have eclipsed Heyward in everything else (HR’s, RBI, etc.). Shouldn’t even be a debate – Posey had a better season.”

how do you know that had posey played as much as heyward had that he wouldn’t have gotten hurt, like jason, and had his hr and rbi numbers limited as well? i for one think that the award should be given out based on actual numbers, not projected numbers.

SeaAtl

November 15th, 2010
4:26 pm

the award WAS based on actual, not projected, numbers. And Posey had equal or better numbers except for one stat. What’s the debate?

Justafan

November 15th, 2010
4:26 pm

DOB do you get a vote? Who are the two from our great city that gets to vote? Both are great young player from Ga.. J-Hey is going to get better and better and he should have won in my opinion.

Braves 2011

November 15th, 2010
4:30 pm

BS,Posey deserved it and all of you know it ,no crying in baseball!

gcs

November 15th, 2010
4:30 pm

Congrats to Posey. It’s always good to see a local boy make it in the big time.

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doh

November 15th, 2010
4:35 pm

Oh well the silver lining is Posey now has some major high expectations, and all Jason has to do is be himself and try and repeat the type of year he had, but hopefully better. The less pressure on this guy the better….IMO.

J-Hey

November 15th, 2010
4:37 pm

Posey deserved Rookie of the Year. He had better numbers and was the better player.

Having said that, I think Heyward will have a better career. We shall see.

Horner's Corner

November 15th, 2010
4:40 pm

Have the Braves signed Matt Murton yet?? 2011 Comeback Player of the Year…Matt Murton!

wjones

November 15th, 2010
4:43 pm

“hAL

November 15th, 2010
4:11 pm
hewyward will not win roy bank it lol”

You’re a freaking genius.

ben

November 15th, 2010
4:44 pm

DOB, throw someone under the bus or feel free to be cryptic in answering this: They both appeared on only 31 of the 32 ballots cast, so two writers (or one) left them off entirely. Who has an axe to grind or thought that was at all a legit way to vote? Did the Marlins get a voting member this year or something?

lexbrave

November 15th, 2010
4:44 pm

“the award WAS based on actual, not projected, numbers. And Posey had equal or better numbers except for one stat. What’s the debate?”

might want to check the stats again, heyward led posey in runs, hits, total bases, doubles, triples, rbi, walks, stolen bases and obp and tied him in hr.

posey led heyward in only two stats, batting average (by .028) and slugging.(by .049)… so yeah, i think there could be some debate.

jim

November 15th, 2010
5:00 pm

What is the contract situation for Uggla? The Marlins are loaded with prospects/young talent — Stanton, Ramirez, Coghlan, Morrison, Johnson, Nolasco, Maybin, Sanchez, Dominguez — Add a couple of pitching prospects for Uggla and that team is scarry for 2-3 years to come. We could use Uggla’s bat, but not his glove at a new position for him or another of our regulars.

Conrad for Gold Glove

November 15th, 2010
5:18 pm

Who cares who won..Heyward played at age 20 with not much experience in the minors. Most kids would hit .150

JC from DR!

November 15th, 2010
5:23 pm

OUCH, that hurts! LOL

Posey was waaaay better!

Kat

November 15th, 2010
5:25 pm

I don’t know everything about baseball and don’t pretend to, but even the casual reader of this blog will note that David has mentioned multiple times that the votes are cast before the playoffs. I just don’t get why people waste their breathe/typing commenting (re: Posey won it because of the playoffs), if they don’t actually read the blog or other the comments.

In any event, that’s disappointing news for Jason, but I’m off to a college basketball game, maybe that will turn out better than last nights NY Giants game (yikes).

Gary O

November 15th, 2010
5:35 pm

Congrats to posey. I thinking heyward deserved it more, bit if I was a giants fan, I would have felt posey deserved it more.

He had better numbers, hit cleanup, and controlled the pitching staff.

I blame Bobby and Jason for losing the ROY. When he got hurt, he continued to play hurt, and Bobby continued to send him out There.

He hurt the team with his play over that stretch, and he hurt his ROY chances.

ACE

November 15th, 2010
5:37 pm

I’m not so sure…….

giants fans are retards

November 15th, 2010
5:38 pm

im almost certain heyward had way more GW and go ahead RBI’s than posey
hopefully Posey has a Coghlan type sophomore season

Ultra

November 15th, 2010
5:49 pm

A big thanks (sarcasm meant there) to Bobby Cox for continuing to play Jason for several weeks after he injured his thumb. A wise manager would have put him on the DL sooner, rather than later. Had that been done, Jason would have not had several crappy hitting weeks like he did.

Bobby hindered Jason’s ROY chances, and of course his post-season managing was pretty lousy throughout his years with the Braves (and Blue Jays).

Bobby's Booger

November 15th, 2010
6:05 pm

I’d take Posey over McCann ANY DAY of the week. Posey can catch & throw runners out.

McCann s/b on third or firstbase.

GT Alum

November 15th, 2010
6:07 pm

Ultra, what did you want Bobby to do? Even when he was playing with his hurt thumb, Jason was probably the most productive OF we had. They were really hoping he could play through it because we needed him. Hopefully, next year’s team will be a little deeper. I’m interested to see what Wren does to try to fill the holes in the OF.

Posey is better than McCann

November 15th, 2010
6:07 pm

I would trade McCann for Posey in a min. Heyward is a choke

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