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Topps Names Its All-Rookie Team

In an annual tradition dating back to 1959, Topps reveals which baseball players will have that little trophy on the front of their baseball cards.
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Topps has announced its the 52nd annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.

The followign players were honored:

1B Gaby Sanchez, Florida (151 games, 19 HR, 85 RBI, .273)
2B Neil Walker, Pittsburgh (110, 12, 66, .296)
3B Danny Valencia, Minnesota (85, 7, 40, .311)
SS Starlin Castro, Chicago (N.L.) (125, 3, 41, .300)
OF Austin Jackson, Detroit (151, 4, 41, .293)
OF Mike Stanton, Florida (100, 22, 59, .259)
OF Jason Heyward, Atlanta (142, 18, 72, .277)
C Buster Posey, San Francisco (108, 18, 67, .305)

RHP Stephen Strasburg, Washington (68 IP, 5-3, 2.91, 92 K, 17 BB)
LHP Jaime Garcia, St. Louis (163.1 IP, 13-8, 2.70, 132 K, 64 BB)

Relief Neftali Feliz, Texas (69.1 IP, 40 Saves, 2,73, 71 K, 18 BB)

The Topps Major League Rookie All-Star team began in 1959 with Willie McCovey being the first of 17 future Hall of Famers named to the squad (others include Johnny Bench, Rod Carew, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Carlton Fisk, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Tony Perez, Kirby Puckett, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken, Ryne Sandberg, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith and Billy Williams). The Rookie All-Stars will each have a trophy on their 2011 trading card in Topps Baseball, with Series One due out in early February.

The Major League Rookie All-Star Team is one of a number of awards programs managed by Topps to reward and encourage young ballplayers. Since 1959, Topps has annually bestowed honors on minor leaguers, baseball scouts and the Baseball Organization of the Year.

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