Buster Posey Named NL MVP

Nov. 16, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (Seminoles.com & San Fancisco Giants) -- If he could, Buster Posey might carve his National League Most Valuable Player Award plaque into 40 or 50 pieces to distribute to teammates, athletic trainers and club officials.

Posey was named the NL MVP on Thursday in balloting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, topping off an awards-laden year. The catcher has won two Comeback Player of the Year honors; a Silver Slugger Award as the league's top offensive performer at his position; the Hank Aaron Award, given to the league's premier hitter; and the "Willie Mac" Award for being San Francisco's most inspirational player.

Yet all these personal accolades have sharpened Posey's focus on the team -- the same team that last month won its second World Series in three years. "This is an award that can be shared with the whole Giants organization because they have great ownership, a great front office, and that translates to putting good players on the field," Posey said in a conference call.

Posey received 27 of 32 first-place votes and totaled 422 points to outdistance Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, last year's MVP, who received three first-place votes and finished second, with 285 points. Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (245 points) and St. Louis' Yadier Molina (241), who each garnered two first-place votes, were third and fourth, respectively. Points were awarded on a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.