Hamilton earns Sporting News honour

Sports Network

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has been voted as the Sporting News Player of the Year, the publication announced Wednesday.

Hamilton, who was selected by a panel of 326 major league players, led the majors in batting average (.359) and slugging percentage (.633), while hitting 32 home runs and driving in 100 runs during 133 games.

Hamilton becomes the third Rangers player to win the honor, joining Rafael Palmeiro in 1999 and Alex Rodriguez in 2002.

"What a great story Josh was this season," said St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols, who won the award in 2008 and '09. "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. He's always had those kind of tools."

Additionally, Philadelphia's Roy Halladay and Seattle's Felix Hernandez were named the pitchers of the year for the National and American League, respectively.

Halladay posted a 21-10 record and 2.44 ERA in 33 starts, with nine complete games, four shutouts and one perfect game. Hernandez had the lowest ERA in the majors at 2.27, and totaled 232 strikeouts in 249 2/3 innings. He totaled six complete games and had a 13-12 record.

Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire was named the AL manager of the year after leading the Twins to their sixth AL Central title in nine years. San Diego's Bud Black won the award in the National League after guiding the Padres to a 90-72 season -- a 15-win improvement from 2009.

Hamilton's teammate, designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, was voted the American League Comeback Player of the Year. Guerrero hit .300 with 29 homers and 115 RBI in 152 games in 2010, his first season with the Rangers.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is the comeback player of the year for the National League after going 17-9 with a 2.83 earned run average in 34 starts. He had appeared in just 30 games over the prior two seasons.

Detroit centre fielder Austin Jackson and Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward were named the rookies of the year, while Tampa Bay's Rafael Soriano and Heath Bell of the Padres are the relievers of the year.

Voting for the player of the year, comeback players and rookies of the year was done by major league players. Ballots were distributed to 25 managers for voting on the managers of the year, while 24 general managers voted for the All-Star teams, from which pitchers and relievers of the year were selected.


Videos

Photos