Friday, November 14, 2003
Matsui left off Topps' top rookie list
NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui didn't make the Topps All-Rookie
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.