October 26th, 2010

Jackson takes Players Choice honor for top AL rookie

Tigers center fielder and leadoff man Austin Jackson won his second American League rookie honor in just over a week, this time winning the vote of his fellow Major Leaguers for AL Outstanding Rookie in the Players Choice awards.

The AL Rookie of the Year vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America won’t be announced until next month, and it’s expected to be a tough selection between Jackson and Neftali Feliz, who set a rookie record with 40 saves for the AL West champion Texas Rangers. For the time being, though, Tuesday’s selection is the second time MLB players have voted Jackson for the honor. A panel of Major Leaguers polled by The Sporting News voted Jackson for AL top rookie, as announced last week.

Jackson became just the fourth Major League rookie since 1901 to post 180 hits, 100 runs, 30 doubles, 10 triples and 25 stolen bases in the same season. The others formed a pretty distinguished club: Hanley Ramirez in 2006, Juan Samuel in 1984 and Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911. In the outfield, Jackson’s combination of athleticism and instincts earned him a slew of highlight catches and a potential Gold Glove resume.