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Heyward is ROY Runner-up

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Some disappointing news on your Monday, as Braves rookie right fielder Jason Heyward finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year race, behind Buster Posey of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. Heyward started the year ridiculously strong, winning the NL Rookie of the Month award in both April and May, but a wrist injury slowed him in the middle months of the season, and by the time he got back on track, the Posey freight train had already started churning, and the ridiculous hype behind him put Jason's hype to shame. Heyward's numbers were comparable to Posey's in more playing time, as Heyward posted one of the highest OBPs in all of the league (let alone among rookies), while Posey couldn't even get enough plate appearances to qualify for the bating title. Heyward's struggles down the stretch probably played a small role in things, but its not worth getting bent out of shape over. For what its worth, Heyward appeared on 31 of the 32 ballots, with the only ballot leaving him off belonging to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a writer I normally enjoy reading. Kovacevic's ballot went Posey-Neil Walker-Jose Tabata, which is laughable in its homerness. Just gives me another reason to hate the miserable city of Pittsburgh. Also worth noting is that Braves reliever Jonny Venters received one third place vote to finish in a tie for 8th in the final voting. Congratulations to Jason and Jonny on a pair of fantastic seasons! Full voting totals are below.

Player 1st 2nd 3rd Pts
Buster Posey, SF 20 9 2 129
Jason Heyward, ATL 9 20 2 107
Jaime Garcia, STL 1 1 16 24
Gaby Sanchez, FLA 2 1 5 18
Neil Walker, PIT
Starlin Castro, CHC

3 3
Ike Davis, NYM

2 2
Jose Tabata, PIT

1 1
Jonny Venters, ATL

1 1

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