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Feliz and Posey – MLB Rookies of the Year Featured

Buster Posey is the NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey is the NL Rookie of the Year

Buster Posey and Neftali Feliz have been named the American League and National League Rookies of the Year, respectively. The MLB standouts both had deep runs into the playoffs, Feliz as a closer for the Texas Rangers and Posey as catcher for the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants.


Feliz and Posey are contrasts in many ways. Feliz is a pitcher; Posey a catcher. Feliz was undrafted, signing to an MLB team as a free agent; Posey was the fifth overall pick in the 2008 draft. Feliz was born and raised in the Dominican Republic; Posey is a southern boy born and raised in the state of Georgia.

But the thing they each have in common is an ability to excel on the baseball field.

After being signed by the Atlanta Braves, Feliz was traded to Texas and made his big league debut in 2009. This year, he became the go-to closing pitcher for the Rangers after two blown saves by closer Frank Francisco. And Feliz made good on his opportunity. To use a metaphor from another sport, Feliz picked up the ball and ran with it.

Felix played well enough to earn a selection to the All-Star game, but, bigger than that, he also hit the record books by finishing the season with 40 saves. Previously, the most saves by a rookie was 37 by Kazuhiro Sasaki of the Seattle Mariners a decade earlier.

Posey had an equally huge impact in his debut season this year, but it took him longer to do it. Posey started the year with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants’ AAA affiliate. He played 47 games in the minor leagues before getting the call up, and then he played first base. It wasn’t until a trade made room for him behind home plate that he became San Francisco’s starting catcher.

Posey’s impressive rookie year on offense included a 21-game hitting streak, 18 home runs, and 67 RBIs. But of course, the greatest achievement of all was the MLB championship he earned when the Giants defeated Feliz’s Rangers in five games to win the World Series.

In the world of baseball, players mature at different rates. But for Buster Poser at age 23 and Neftali Feliz at 22, the future is nothing but bright. The two rookies of the year are at the beginning of long MLB careers. For fans of the American League’s Texas Rangers and the National League’s San Francisco Giants, coincidentally 2010’s two World Series finalists, having young superstars like this closing pitcher and catcher bode well for the years to come.

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Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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