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Walker, Tabata receive ROY votes

Walker, Tabata receive ROY votes

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PITTSBURGH -- Buster Posey was named the National League's Rookie of the Year on Monday, coming in ahead of Atlanta's Jason Heyward. Two Pirates -- Neil Walker and Jose Tabata -- each received one vote in the final tally.

Thirty-two members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted on the award, with each member ranking their top three choices. Walker garnered a second-place vote, while Tabata earned a third-place vote.

GO BUSTER
How the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted for the National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.
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 1 3
Starlin Castro, CHC 3 3
Ike Davis, NYM 2 2
Jose Tabata, PIT 1 1
Jonny Venters, ATL 1 1
Posey, who helped lead the Giants to a world championship, received 20 first-place votes and a total of 129 points. Heyward was given a first-place vote by nine writers and finished with 107 points. He was followed by Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia and Florida's Gaby Sanchez.

With his second-place vote, Walker finished tied for fifth with Chicago infielder Starlin Castro. Both Tabata and Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters received one third-place vote to finish tied for eighth.

Walker ended the year with a .296 batting average, .349 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 12 homers and 66 RBIs in 426 at-bats. Tabata, the Pirates' everyday left fielder, batted .299 with a .346 on-base percentage, 21 doubles, four homers, 35 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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