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Buster Posey may have just won the rookie of the year award

Sep 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

I have the Giants-Dbacks game on and, just a minute ago, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer to extend the Giants’ lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth. A Giants victory today will force the Padres to sweep them this weekend if they want to win the west. In San Francisco. Seems like a tall order.

Since it’s a big game with playoff implications, every writer in the country is watching it.  I wonder if that may not put Posey over the top in what has been a closer-than-all-get-out race for Rookie of the Year with Jason Heyward.

Less significant things have tipped closer races in the past.

  1. John_Michael - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    If it happened in the bottom of the 6th, Posey would have been the hitter of record. If the Giants hold on to the lead, he’s in line to get the Win. How many wins does Heyward have? Case closed.

  2. BigPhil - Sep 30, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    1) I don’t understand what argument you’re trying to make, or how your point proves anything.
    2) Heyward has won games for the Braves with hits in the 9th inning this year.

  3. Halo Fan - Sep 30, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    See award debate, Cy Young.

  4. bertrecords - Sep 30, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Heyward was certainly a spotlight player with Spring Training homerun bombs, a very strong April and with several game winning (and game concluding) hits. Posey’s homerun today was certainly also a spotlight play. And, yes, we all agree the spotlight plays should count for less and consistent excellent play throughout the season should count for more when awards are passed around. Both are certainly deserving. Heyward’s OBP of .394 is the most impressive stat to me, but with Posey at .364, that does not seal the deal. The catcher deserves the award in a close race.

  5. scatterbrian - Sep 30, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Why doesn’t the argument for Felix (more innings pitched = more value) apply to Heyward? 183 more plate appearances has to count in Heyward’s favor, as they have led to a higher wOBA, more runs above replacements, and a higher WAR (no matter which you prefer). And they’ve both been integral to playoff-bound teams, not just Posey…

  6. stl - Sep 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    What about Jaime Garcia????

  7. diehardcubbiefan4life - Sep 30, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    amen, brotha.

  8. John_Michael - Sep 30, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Well, two out of three ‘get’ me. Meatloaf says that ain’t bad.

  9. Giant Space Ants - Sep 30, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    I highly doubt many were watching the game. You know the phrase, National Baseball Writer say “There’s a “West” to the Mississippi?” Or maybe I just dreamed that.

  10. Route36West - Sep 30, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Nice to see u put your bias away and give the guy some props. Posey has just been better then Heyward and he deserves the award. I would say Garcia has even been better then Heyward to but hitters usually get more votes so Heyward should probably get 2nd if voting is honest and not about hype.

  11. Granted42 - Oct 1, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    Posey, Hayward, and Garcia are all deserving of the award. Garcia is a pitcher only playing every five days, and his season was cut short by the Cardinals, so I don’t see him winning it. Hayward had a great start, but has had a couple slumps. Posey seems to have had more of an impact since being called up. That being said, Hayward does play East of the Mississippi River, so I wouldn’t be surprised, or outraged, if he won.

  12. donniedee - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    I respect scatterbrian’s comments but if the Giants weren’t so cheap, Posey would have been up in April as well. Posey means more to the Giants offense than Heyward means to Atlanta’s (though with everyone being hurt, he is almost as important). Add the tougher catcher position versus OF and I agree with Bertrecords who should have noted that Posey has a higher OPS 864 vs. 851 instead of the OBP comment.

  13. Joe - Oct 1, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    In the last 10 years, San Francisco has produced five MVPs and two Cy Young winners. The last time a pitcher from a team east of the Mississippi won the NL Cy Young was Tom Glavine in 1998. So you probably dreamed that.

  14. Joe - Oct 1, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Oh yeah – Oakland has produced three of the last six AL ROY winners. They are pretty close to SF.

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