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Posey: Rookie Of The Year
Buster Posey was named the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year.

Buster Posey was named the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year.

Nov. 15, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Buster Posey, the most decorated player in Florida State baseball history, just became a little more decorated as the San Francisco Giants' catcher was named the National League's Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Posey became the first Giant to earn the honor since right-hander John Montefusco received it in 1975. Posey helped the Giants win the first World Series for the franchise since the 1954 season.

Posey's being named the Rookie of the Year mirrored the success of the Giants, who ended baseball's third-longest hiatus without a championship by capturing the World Series for the first time since 1954.

In balloting conducted by two members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in each league city, Posey was named first on 20 of the 32 ballots cast, second on nine and third on two. He finished with 129 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system.

In addition to helping the Giants win the World Championship, Posey generated his share of highlights as he compiled a .305 batting average, the best among NL rookies who played at least 100 games and the league's eighth-best overall after his May 29 promotion from Triple-A Fresno.

Posey hit 18 home runs (tied for fifth among NL rookies), 67 RBIs (fourth), had a .505 slugging percentage (second) and a .357 on-base percentage (third). He also batted a team-high .312 with runners in scoring position.

Posey didn't start regularly until July 1, when San Francisco traded catcher Bengie Molina to Texas. Shortly afterward, Posey established his presence with a 21-game hitting streak, one short of tying the Giants' rookie mark set by Willie McCovey in 1959. Posey finished July with a .417 average, seven homers and 24 RBIs, earning him NL Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month honors.

Posey also earned praise for his handling of San Francisco's pitching staff, which led the Major Leagues with a 3.36 ERA. The Giants recorded a 3.18 ERA with Posey behind the plate. He also threw out 37 percent of would-be basestealers.

Posey also earned praise for his handling of San Francisco's pitching staff, which led the Major Leagues with a 3.36 ERA. The Giants recorded a 3.18 ERA with Posey behind the plate. He also threw out 37 percent of would-be basestealers.

And though voters were required to consider only regular-season efforts, Posey accented his performance by starting all 15 of San Francisco's postseason games and hitting .288. Becoming the fourth rookie catcher to hit a World Series home run and the first to bat cleanup in a postseason game were among his October accomplishments.

Posey appeared in 108 games -- two-thirds of the regular season, which was the factor most frequently cited by experts believing that others such as Heyward were more deserving of the award. Heyward (.277, 18 homers, 72 RBIs, .393 on-base percentage) played 142 games; Sanchez (.273, 19 homers, 85 RBIs) appeared in 151.

But Posey maximized his time with the Giants. They were 46-29 when he started at catcher and 62-43 including his stints at first base before Molina was traded. Posey's the sixth rookie in franchise history to receive the Rookie of the Year honor. Preceding Matthews and Montefusco, the first three Giant winners were ultimately elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame: center fielder Willie Mays (1951), first baseman Orlando Cepeda (1958) and first baseman McCovey.

Posey also became the sixth catcher to be celebrated as the NL's top rookie by the BBWAA. His predecessors: Cincinnati's Johnny Bench (1968), Atlanta's Earl Williams (1971), San Diego's Benito Santiago (1987), Los Angeles' Mike Piazza (1993) and Chicago's Geovany Soto (2008).

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