Series foes get rookie awards

NEW YORK — Giants catcher Buster Posey and Rangers closer Neftali Feliz wound up together on the winning side Monday when they were voted the rookies of the year.

This month, Posey singled off Feliz as San Francisco beat Texas in the clinching Game 5 of the World Series.

"It's hard to believe it's been two weeks," Posey said.

Posey, a former Seminoles star, hit several key homers and helped the Giants win the crown for the first time since 1954. He easily outdistanced Braves rightfielder Jason Heyward for the National League award.

Feliz, the rocket-armed right-hander who set a rookie record with 40 saves as Texas reached its first World Series, finished far ahead of Tigers centerfielder Austin Jackson for the AL honor.

"I hope it's not a fluke. I hope I have a better season next year," Feliz, 22, said through a translator on a conference call.

Promoted from Triple A on May 29, Posey, 23, quickly adjusted to the big leagues. He hit .305 with a .357 on-base percentage and a .505 slugging percentage and homered eight times after Sept. 1. His homer on the final day of the regular season helped the Giants clinch the NL West title.

Rays right-hander Wade Davis finished fourth and catcher John Jaso fifth on the AL ballot, after Twins infielder Danny Valencia.

ALDERSON ON JOB: Sandy Alderson's words slowed and he needed to clear his throat several times. Two days after his 87-year-old father died when he was hit by a car in St. Petersburg, the new Mets general manager attended the start of the annual GM meetings in Orlando.

"If I can focus on the game, I'm fine," he said, before coughing. "It's tough, but I'm here."

John Alderson was struck Saturday night while crossing the street. His son drove across the state for the baseball session and planned to drive back Monday night. A memorial service is likely to be held Saturday.

PIRATES PICK HURDLE: Clint Hurdle, hired as Pittsburgh's sixth manager since its last winning season in 1992, insists he's not intimidated at taking over a team that lost 105 games last season and has averaged 97 losses over the past six.

"This wasn't about taking a job because it was a sure thing," said Hurdle, who managed the Rockies to the 2007 NL pennant. "This was about taking an opportunity that felt sure and fit right. I felt comfortable with the people I was going to get after the job with."

OBITUARY: Ed "Spanky" Kirkpatrick, who played seven seasons for the Angels in a 16-year major-league career, died in Anaheim, Calif. He was 66.

PHILLIES: Ryne Sandberg returned to the organization that once traded him and watched him become a Hall of Fame player, being hired to manage Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … RHP Jose Contreras signed a $5.5 million, two-year contract with a club option for 2013.

.FAST FACTS

Topkin's ballot

Times staff writer Marc Topkin's AL rookie of the year ballot:

1. Neftali Feliz, RHP, Rangers

2. Austin Jackson, CF, Tigers

3. Wade Davis, RHP, Rays

Series foes get rookie awards 11/15/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 15, 2010 10:38pm]

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