DENVER -- It could be said that Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez arrived as a star during the 2009 playoffs, but he showed in 2010 that he is here to stay. Gonzalez's eye-popping performance in 2010 -- his first full season in the Majors -- earned him Breakout Player honors in the Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards, as determined through comprehensive This Year in Baseball balloting. Winners were calculated based on votes by fans at MLB.com, media, front-office personnel and MLB alumni. Add the GIBBY to a long list of awards for Gonzalez, 25. He also was named the Majors' most outstanding player by his peers as part of the Players Choice Awards, the Luis Aparicio Award winner as the top Venezuelan player in the Majors as voted by media and a Rawlings Gold Glove and Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger award winner.
Gonzalez was seen as a rising star during the 2009 playoffs, when he went 10-for-17 in the Rockies' four-game loss to the Phillies in the National League Division Series. In 2010, Gonzalez earned the NL batting title with a .336 average, plus had 34 home runs and 117 RBIs. Gonzalez led all Major League outfielders in batting average, runs and hits, and was second to the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista in home runs and RBIs. Bautista was a nominee for the Breakout award. In addition, Gonzalez committed just one error all season while starting at all three outfield positions. Since the 2009 All-Star Game, Gonzalez leads the NL in batting average and slugging percentage.
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