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Rockies pair snag Legacy Awards

Rockies pair snag Legacy Awards

PHOENIX -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will receive the Larry Doby Rookie of the Year Award and general manager Dan O'Dowd will receive the Rube Foster Executive of the Year Award as part of the Legacy Award program sponsored by the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City.

Tulowitzki, 23, set a National League record for a rookie shortstop by hitting 24 home runs and batted .291 with 99 RBIs and started all but eight of the team's 163 regular-season games. The 9-8 Wild Card tiebreaker victory over the Padres counts toward the figure.

Tulowitzki led all National League rookies in RBIs, hits (177), runs (104), doubles (33), walks (57), multihit games (48) and total bases (292).

Also, Tulowitzki led Major League qualifying shortstops not only with a .987 fielding percentage, but also in total chances (834), assists (561), putouts (262) and double plays (114).

O'Dowd, 48, became Rockies GM at the end of the 1999 season and over the years has developed a mostly homegrown organization. During the National League Championship Series, the Rockies will start five or six players -- depending on the pitcher -- they either drafted or signed as amateurs.

The Rockies had not won more than 83 games in a season or won a playoff round until this season.

On Opening Day, O'Dowd and manager Clint Hurdle signed two-year contract extensions through the 2009 season.

All of the winners will be honored at a gala ceremony in Kansas City on Jan. 12. The event will be held at the refurbished Gem Theater, a historic building directly across the street from the museum.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Justice B. Hill contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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