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Buster Posey first catcher in 40 years to win NL MVP award

Nov 15, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

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The Giants’ Buster Posey was the runaway winner for National League Most Valuable Player honors Thursday, claiming 27 of the 32 first-place votes.

Posey was listed in the top three on every ballot to finish with 422 points. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun came in second place with three first-place votes and 285 points. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen was third with 245 points. He edged the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina even though he got no first-place votes and Molina got two. Molina finished with 241 points.

Besides those four, only one player got a top-three vote: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was second on Tracy Ringolsby’s ballot. He finished eighth overall. San Diego’s Chase Headley was fifth, while the Mets’ David Wright and the Nationals’ Adam LaRoche tied for sixth.

Back from the broken leg that limited him to 45 games in 2011, Posey hit .336/.408/.549 with 24 homers and 103 RBI in 530 at-bats for San Francisco last season. He won the batting title because of a rule amendment that disqualified suspended teammate Melky Cabrera. Baseball-reference’s WAR had him as the league’s top player ahead of McCutchen and Braun.

Posey became the first Giant to win the award since Barry Bonds won his fourth straight in 2004. He’s the first catcher since the Reds’ Johnny Bench in 1972. Twins catcher Joe Mauer was the AL MVP in 2009.

  1. adeedothatswho - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    He’s an incredible player. Turned the Giants into a dynasty. He absolutely deserves this. MVPOSEY!!!

    • loungefly74 - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      absolutely! spearheading the Giants into a (near) dynasty is incredible. to accomplish so much at a young age too is out-of-this-world. the kid is a class act. i am so happy for him. what a wonderful year (again) for Giant fans! Hum Baby!

    • Bruce Knutson - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      He is tremendous, reminds me so much of Jeter too. Excited as hell to have him on the Giants

    • dickclydesdale - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Big deal..Mauer won 3 batting titles already.

      • haole2 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        You’re not a sports fan you’re a putz.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 16, 2012 at 6:40 AM

      He turned the Giants into a dynasty?I don’t think so for reasons so obvious I won’t bother to list them here.

      • adeedothatswho - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        So obvious they don’t exist?

  2. cur68 - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Well done kid. Tip O’ the Hat to ya.

  3. sailcat54 - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Big congrats, Buster!

  4. dfh3456 - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Incredible that Piazza never won a MVP, with the awesome numbers he put up hitting in pitchers parks.

    • stc1993 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      Piazza was awesome in his day.

      • Gamera the Brave - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        Pizza is awesome RIGHT NOW!!!

    • adeedothatswho - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      It wasn’t just his offensive numbers. The way he’s handled the pitching staff was tremendous.

      • stc1993 - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM

        Buster can do that & still hit the ball when it counts.

  5. Charles Gates - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Trout was robbed!!!1

    • haole2 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      You play on a so so team that came in 3rd, didn’t make it to the playoffs, did play in the WS -that’s what happens, Posey was a much more valuable player he punched his and his teams way to the championship. Besides why you even posting here, Trout is in the AL, Posey is in the NL but then again you probably just like to moan or you didn’t know that.

      • stc1993 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM


  6. wilkisoft - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Lol @ Piazza. He wasn’t even the best player on those Mets/Dodger teams – much less the MVP of the league.

    • tpxdmd - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Wait, I’m sorry- who was the best player on Piazza’s Dodgers? Mondesi?

      And on the Mets? Before he got old and fell off the catcher’s cliff at 33/34. Alfonso? Ziele?

      I’m seriously confused.

  7. sabatimus - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Miguel Cabrera my ass. Guy couldn’t field his way out of a wet paper bag. Not to mention that the led the majors in GIDP.

    • kicksave1980 - Nov 16, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      Go to the Trout thread and join in with that s***. You guys are acting like little kids who didn’t get the toy they wanted at the store.

  8. cabby782 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    WTF dynasty? I think someone needs a dictionary and maybe a brain to use it !!!

    • adeedothatswho - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      Here are some words I found in the dictionary to describe you;


    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 15, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      No name-calling, just an argument: In this era of 30 teams*, and needing to win 11-12 postseason games to win the WS, winning it twice in 3 years, losing just one WS game, could be considered a nascent dynasty. (*30 teams means there must always be at least one team with a 30-year drought; well, 29 years, plus the Cubs.)

      • anythingbutyanks - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM

        2 teams play in the Series, so it would be 15 years.

  9. Carl Hancock - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    You mean Trout didn’t win the AL MVP and he got shafted in the NL MVP voting too? How did he not win both? The horror.

  10. gbpackfan1990 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Should have been closer. What a sham.

  11. randygnyc - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Giants = dynasty? Hahaha. They fluked into BOTH World Series wins.

    • adeedothatswho - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      How did they fluke? They beat a pretty good Phillies team in 2010 and the defending champion Cardinals this year. And that still doesn’t explain how they won BOTH World Series. Care to elaborate?

    • haole2 - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      The BEST TEAM in MLB hands down. When all the big guns fail to produce, when teams rely on HRs to win, you get The Tigers, the Yankees etc =boring.

  12. stc1993 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Buster Posey is sure to be a future HOF’er if he stays healthy. He is an awesome young man & athlete in mind & spirit. Go Buster make the hometown proud.

  13. stc1993 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    He’s done won just about every award that was possible in High School, College, & now the Pro’s. Go Buster & the Giants. Two world series rings & he’s only 25 y.o. (time flies) he still seems like a kid to me.

  14. fearthehoody - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    I hear Braun had enough votes to win, but his votes got mixed up with some others by a handler and he got off the hook

  15. cameltoehoe - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I’m better than you. Na na na na boo boo. Stick your head in doo-doo! Dedicated to all the Dodger fans who suck s**t. Eat it Koufaxmitzfah!

  16. bigleagues - Nov 15, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Seriously, how can anyone not love Poser?!

    Having said that, he is the first Catcher in MLB to win the MVP since Mauer in 2009. That’s it.

    And yes I am again railing against how silly it is to continue to distinguish the AL & NL from one another as it pertains to records and awards.

    MLB should have one MVP, one Cy Young, one ROY and one MOY. One set of Gold Glove winners, etc . . .

    And don’t tell me how ridiculous this sounds. According to CEO Selig the fans demanded inter-league. And with inter-league comes the realization that the significance of league records and awards have been diminished.

    And that will become even more obvious this season when we have inter-league all the time.

  17. raysfan1 - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Congrats to Posey on being the first NL MVP catcher since my boyhood hero, Johnny Bench, won it.

  18. ptfu - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Congratulations to Chase Headley for finishing fifth. Glad to know that the voters still pay attention to the Padres.

  19. lazlosother - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Love the Posey. How can you not love a guy who looks like a choir boy, is called Buster, and plays like satan with his hair on fire? Though not a SF fan I was bummed at his injury last year, great to see him bounce back with a vengeance.

    Players lie Posey are good for the team they play for, and good for MLB overall. Two time WS champ in three years (I know he didn’t do this alone). Absolutely Jeter-like. Don’t bum Gigantes fans, if he becomes as hated as Jeter he has done an awful lot awfully well.

    • stc1993 - Nov 17, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      He even won an award for that, “comeback player of the year.” He’s a heck of a ball player.

      • sailcat54 - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        Buster’s the real thing. He’ll be around for a long time (injuries notwithstanding) and he will be a major force in baseball as long as he plays. Hopefully, his career will continue to be with the Giants!

  20. yousuxxors - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    I hate the giants but seriously … How can you hate this guy?

  21. kicksave1980 - Nov 16, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    I didn’t really think he would, but I was really hoping Molina would win it. Best catcher, and definitely the most valuable player to his team (IMO) in baseball.

    • kicksave1980 - Nov 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      Just wanted to point out that I didn’t mean my Molina preference to be a dig against Posey. He’s an outstanding player and is certainly worthy of the award.

    • thomas655 - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      I totally agree with you, kicksave. Molina is by far the better defensive catcher and had a compareable offensive year to Posey. Also with me, nothing against Posey, I congratulate the young man on his accomplishments and skills. I honestly thought Molina was at least as valuable a player as Buster considering Yadi’s defensive superiority. Congratulations to Yadi on his 5th straight Gold Glove and the National League’s Platinum Glove award this year.

  22. hushbrother - Nov 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Headley has really become a fine player. It’s Head-leyyy, Head-leyyy.

  23. dexterismyhero - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    I like the Giants, but Dynasty is a little over the top.

  24. mscxvd - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    congratulations posey you deserved it. not my choice, but congrats nontheless.

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