Giants' Buster Posey wins NL MVP award

Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:48am EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants added to a career's worth of accomplishments by winning the National League Most Valuable Player award on Thursday in just his third season.

Yet the humble, 25-year-old catcher said what he took away from the 2012 season was a heartfelt appreciation just to be able to play.

Posey had the highest batting average in the major leagues at .336 and pounded 24 homers while driving in 103 to win MLB's top individual award following a 2011 season that ended for him after only 45 games in a devastating collision at home plate.

"I do know that I definitely have a deeper appreciation for being able to play baseball," said Posey, who suffered a broken leg and torn ligaments in his ankle while trying to block home on a play at the plate.

"I've seen that it can be taken away quick," he told reporters in a conference call. "Hopefully I can continue to embrace the game and enjoy it, regardless of outcomes and how you do. Just try to appreciate each minute you're out there."

Posey has thrived in his brief major league time on the diamond.

He came up in May of 2010 and helped the Giants win a World Series and claim Rookie of the Year honors in the process.

This season he won his second World Series in three years, was a runaway winner of the Comeback Player of the Year award, and on Thursday became the first catcher in 40 years to win the NL MVP following Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds in 1972.   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