}Two leagues. One lineup. And some little trophies ready to be printed on the baseball cards of 11 players.
The Topps Company has announced the 50th annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.
The list of nine players and two pitchers includes:
1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati (151 games, 24 HR, 84 RBI, .297)
2B Alexei Ramirez, Chicago (A.L.) (136, 21, 77, .290)
3B Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay (122, 27, 85, .272)
SS Mike Aviles, Kansas City (102, 10, 51, .325)
OF Jay Bruce, Cincinnati (108, 21, 52, .254)
OF Denard Span, Minnesota (93, 6, 47, .294)
OF David Murphy, Texas (108, 15, 74, .275)
C Geovany Soto, Chicago (N.L.) (141, 23, 86, .285)
RHP Brad Ziegler, Oakland (59.2 IP, 3-0, 1.06, 30 K, 22 BB)
LHP John Lannan, Washington (182 IP, 9-15, 3.91, 117 K, 72 BB)
The Topps Major League Rookie All-Star team began in 1959 with Willie McCovey being the first of 15 future Hall of Famers named to the squad (others include Johnny Bench, Rod Carew, Gary Carter, Carlton Fisk, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Tony Perez, Kirby Puckett, Cal Ripken, Ryne Sandberg, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith and Billy Williams). The Rookie All-Stars will each have a trophy on their 2009 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.