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Neil Walker and Jose Tabata Over Jason Heyward?

Neil Walker and Jose Tabata Over Jason Heyward?

Should Walker be rated ahead of Jason Heyward in the 2010 Rookie of the Year voting?

Buster Posey was named the National League Rookie of the Year today, although a lot of the rookie talk focused on the ballot of Dejan Kovacevic.  Kovacevic had Posey ranked first on his ballot, but finished the ballot off with Neil Walker and Jose Tabata, leaving off Jason Heyward, who finished second in the overall voting.  The decision to leave Heyward off the ballot was significant in that Kovacevic had the only ballot without the Atlanta rookie's name on it.  That, plus the fact that two Pittsburgh Pirates were chosen over Heyward, led to a big outcry.

Dejan explained his position and responded to a lot of the criticism on his Twitter account.  This sort of thing happens every year.  One ballot is different than the others, leading to the typical comments:

"What was he thinking?"

"What a horrible choice."

"Why does he have a vote?"

I spent some time thinking about the whole voting...

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