Giants' Buster Posey wins NL MVP award

Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:49pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Buster Posey of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants won the National League's Most Valuable Player award on Thursday for the 2012 Major League Baseball season.

The hard-hitting Posey posted the highest batting average in the major leagues at .336 and pounded 24 home runs while driving in 103 to win MLB's most cherished individual award, which is based only on performance during the regular season.

Besides his batting prowess, the 25-year-old catcher was widely credited with helping to guide the Giants' outstanding pitching staff as San Francisco went on to win their second Fall Classic crown in three years by sweeping the Detroit Tigers.

Posey garnered 27 of the 32 first-place votes in ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in becoming the first catcher in 40 years to win the award since Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds won in 1972.

It was a brilliant comeback season for Posey, who missed most of the 2010 campaign after suffering a broken leg and torn ligaments in his ankle in a crushing collision as he tried to make a tag at home plate.

"It probably took a couple of months," Posey told MLB TV about when he felt confident about his comeback.

"For me the toughest thing was running the bases, it aggravated my ankle a little bit and bothered me behind the plate. But I give tons and tons of credit to our training staff.

"This is an award that will be shared by everyone in our organization."   Continued...

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (R) jumps into the arms of catcher Buster Posey (L) after defeating the Detroit Tigers to win the MLB World Series baseball championship in Detroit, Michigan, October 28, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young