San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has won the 2012 NL Most Valuable Player Award. This Posey’s first MVP Award.
Buster Posey finished with 422 points (27 first-place votes), Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun finished second with 285 points (3 first-place votes), Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen finished third with 245 points (0 first-place votes), St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina finished fourth with 241 points (2 first-place votes), and San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley finished fifth with 127 points (0 first-place votes).
Posey, 25, was the 5th overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants. Posey would make his major league debut on May 29, 2010 at first base. Buster Posey would be the starting catcher for the remainder of the 2010 season that would end with the San Francisco Giants as World Series Champions. Posey would also win the Rookie of the Year Award in that season. In the 2011 season, on May 25, Buster Posey suffered a fractured fibula on a collision at home plate that would end his season.
In the 2012 season, Buster Posey was selected to his first All-Star Game and was the starting catcher and would go hitless but would walk and score as well. Posey’s second half was a tremendous showing of his talent as he hit .385 with 14 home runs and 60 runs batted in. Buster Posey’s successful return following the season-ending surgery in 2011 got him the 2012 Comeback Player of the Year Award. The San Francisco Giants would also win their second World Series Championship with Posey as the catcher.
Buster Posey finished the season with a major league leading .336 batting average with 24 home runs and 103 runs batted in. Buster Posey is the first catcher to win the MVP Award since Johnny Bench for the Cincinnati Reds in 1972.
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