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Friday, November 14, 2003
Matsui left off Topps' top rookie list

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui didn't make the Topps All-Rookie Team, either.

The Japanese outfielder who starred for the New York Yankees was beaten out by Tampa Bay's Rocco Baldelli, Cleveland's Jody Gerut and Milwaukee's Scott Podsednik in voting announced Friday.

Earlier this week, Matsui was beaten by Kansas City shortstop Angel Berroa in voting for American League Rookie of the Year. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner criticized two voters who left Matsui off their ballots -- the two voters said they didn't think veterans of the Japanese major leagues should be eligible.

Florida's Dontrelle Willis, the NL Rookie of the Year, was selected as the top left-handed pitcher, and Arizona's Brandon Webb was the top right-hander.

The infield included Mark Teixeira of Texas at first, Bo Hart of St. Louis at second, Ty Wigginton of the New York Mets at third and Berroa at shortstop.

Miguel Olivo of the Chicago White Sox was the top catcher.

Balloting was done by major league managers in September. Managers could vote for players on their own teams.