VOTTO NAMED SPORTING NEWS ALL-STAR

From The Sporting News… 


Votto Named to 2010 TSN All-Star Team.pdf

Reds’ Joey Votto named to The Sporting News’ NL All-Star Team

October 20 – On the strength of a .359 batting average, 32 home runs and 100 RBIs, Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton has been voted Sporting News MLB player of the year by his peers. Hamilton dethroned St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols, who won the award in both 2008 and 2009. Pujols said about Hamilton,”What a great story Josh was this season. He was a guy I always knew had the talent. There aren’t many guys who can steal 30 to 40 bags, get you 40 home runs, hit .350 and have a plus, plus arm. Those guys are tough to find, but he is one of them.”
 
Honors for N.L. and A.L. pitchers of the year went to perfect-game winner Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies and the major league leader in ERA, Seattle Mariner Felix Hernandez, respectively. Leading the Minnesota Twins to their sixth A.L. Central title in nine years, Ron Gardenhire was named the A.L. manager of the year. Bud Black, who kept the San Diego Padres in the tight N.L. West race is the N.L. manager of the year. 
 
Detroit Tigers CF Austin Jackson and Atlanta Braves RF Jason Heyward are the rookies of the year. Comeback players of the year are Texas Rangers DH Vladimir Guerrero and Atlanta Braves P Tim Hudson. Rafael Soriano of the Rays and Heath Bell of the Padres are the relievers of the year.
 
Voting for Sporting News’ 2010 baseball awards was done by major league players, managers and general managers. Ballots were distributed to all 30 teams, and 326 players, 24 general managers and 25 managers participated in the voting. Players voted for player of the year, comeback players of the year and rookies of the year; managers voted for the managers of the year; and general managers voted for the All-Star teams, from which pitchers and relievers of the year were picked.
 
The October 25 issue of Sporting News featuring Miami Heat Guard Mike Miller hits newsstands this week and features a preview of the upcoming NBA season. It can be purchased at all Barnes & Noble, Borders and Hudson Retail outlets.

N.L. All-Star Team
C Brian McCann, Braves
1B Joey Votto, Reds
2B Martin Prado, Braves
3B Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
SS Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
OF Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals
OF Ryan Braun, Brewers
SP Roy Halladay, Phillies
RP Heath Bell, Padres

A.L All-Star Team
C Joe Mauer, Twins
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B Evan Longoria, Rays
SS Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
OF Josh Hamilton, Rangers
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF Carl Crawford, Rays
DH Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers
SP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RP Rafael Soriano, Rays

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