Happ takes second in Rookie of the Year voting; Bruntlett, others out

BY SHAY RODDY

The Phillies’ versatile rookie left-hander, J.A. Happ, was among the key components to the Phillies run to the World Series in 2009. Happ contributed constantly to the Phillies rotation and then filled the role of long relief through the postseason.

However, Happ’s tremendous season was not enough to win him National League Rookie of the Year voting.

Chris Coghlan of the Florida Marlins took home a well deserved Rookie of the Year Award today by a final tally of 104-94 over Happ.

Todd Zolecki, the MLB.com blogger/writer/twitter extraordinaire reports further:

Coghlan led NL rookies in average (.321), runs (84), hits (162), doubles (31), total bases (232), multi-hit games (51) and on-base percentage (.390). Happ was 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and topped NL rookie pitchers in innings (166), strikeouts (119), complete games (three) and shutouts (two).

Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson received two first-place votes and finished third with 37 points. Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen finished fourth with 25 points. The other first-place vote went to Brewers infielder Casey McGehee.

Zolecki and multiple other sources are also reporting that the team has officially cut ties with utility infielder Eric Bruntlett.  The team also released Tyler Walker, Paul Hoover, Andy Tracy and John Ennis from their 40-man roster. In addition to Bruntlett, Walker will not return next season, although Hoover, Tracy and Ennis could still go either way.

One other note for you: Andrew Bailey, Oakland Athletics pitcher won the award in the American League.

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