Neftali Feliz(notes) had a great season for the Texas Rangers. He racked up 40 saves and struck out 71 batters in 69 1/3 innings, helping the Rangers' drive toward their first AL West division title in 11 years.
Pitching for a playoff team was apparently very persuasive to Baseball Writers Association of America voters, who awarded Feliz with AL Rookie of the Year honors on Monday.
Bailey threw more innings (83 1/3), had more strikeouts (91) and a lower ERA (1.84 to Feliz's 2.73) for the Oakland Athletics. Bailey had fewer saves (26), but pitched for a fourth-place team that won 15 fewer games than the Rangers did this season.
But let's get back to Jackson. The Detroit Tigers center fielder hit .293/.345/.400 in 675 plate appearances while playing some of the best defense at his position in the majors. He also led all AL rookies in — take aRead More »from He wuz robbed! Tigers' Jackson deserved AL Rookie of the Year