- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

From staff and wire reports

Florida Marlins left fielder Chris Coghlan won the National League rookie of the year award in a close vote Monday, and Oakland Athletics closer Andrew Bailey took the AL honor.

Coghlan edged Philadelphia Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ, receiving 17 first-place votes and 105 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Happ, the only player picked on all 32 ballots, had 10 first-place votes and 94 points.

“It’s very exciting,” Coghlan said. “I couldn’t have written it better.”

Bailey, a surprise All-Star this season, was selected first on 13 of 28 ballots and finished with 88 points. Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus was the runner-up with 65 points, one more than Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello.

Bailey, who had 26 saves and a 1.84 ERA, was driving when he got word on his cell phone that he won.

“At first I thought it was a prank call. Which one of my friends is playing a prank on me?” he said. “I didn’t want to take my eyes off the road.”

Once he realized the news was legit, Bailey passed it along to his family.

“My mom was crying and my dad was stoked,” he said.

NATIONALS: Washington added two more officials to its revamped front office, hiring Bryan Minniti as assistant general manager and Jay Sartori as director of baseball operations.

Minniti, who had been with the Pittsburgh Pirates for nine years and spent the last two as director of baseball operations, and Sartori, who was a salary and contract administrator for Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s office, will be responsible for handling contract details, roster moves, draft bonuses and other administrative issues.

Their hirings complete a significant overhaul by general manager Mike Rizzo over the last six weeks. Since the end of the regular season, Rizzo has hired eight new front office executives.

REDS: Catcher Ramon Hernandez agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with Cincinnati after it declined his $8 million option.

The deal includes a $3.25 million option for 2011 that would become guaranteed if Hernandez plays in 120 games next season. If he plays in fewer, the Reds do not have the ability to exercise the option.

PHILLIES: Utilityman Eric Bruntlett, who scored the winning run in the final game of the 2008 World Series, became a free agent after refusing a minor league assignment from Philadelphia.

Bruntlett batted just .171 (18-for-105) in this season after hitting .217 in 212 at-bats in 2008. Bruntlett got more playing time last year because of an ankle injury to shortstop Jimmy Rollins in April and because he was a late-inning defensive replacement for former left fielder Pat Burrell.

INDIANS: New manager Manny Acta hired Tim Tolman as bench coach, Steve Smith as third-base coach and Scott Radinsky as bullpen coach.

Tolman spent two seasons as Acta’s third-base coach with the Nationals. He spent four years in Cleveland’s organization, serving as minor league field coordinator from 2003 to 2006 before joining Washington.

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