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Five Reasons Why San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey is the NL MVP: Fan Breakdown

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Buster Posey's name alone invokes images of a player who is the complete package. At the young age of 25, this catcher has done a lot in what one would really consider just two full seasons. He experienced the triumph of a World Series victory in 2010, he earned NL Rookie of the Year honors that same year, he suffered a season ending injury in 2011, and now sits atop the NL as the league's batting champion in 2012. (Sure makes being 25 years old seem like I should have accomplished a lot more by now, but I digress.)

Now Buster Posey is staring another playoff run in the face as the San Francisco Giants will host the Cincinnati Reds today (October 6) and the thought every Giants' fan has on their minds is will the Giants repeat for the second time in three years as World Series champions. However, there is one more question that pertains to Posey alone: "Is he the NL MVP?" And to answer that question, I certainly think he is and here's why:

NL Batting Title

Buster Posey did something no Giants' player has done since 2004 when Barry Bonds did it -- Bonds was also MVP that year -- and that was take down the NL batting title. However, even more impressive and significant is the fact that Posey is just the fourth catcher in the league's 137-season history to win a batting title. Posey hit .336 to win the title over Andrew McCutchen who hit .327.

True Team Leader

Even at the age of 25, Buster Posey commands the attention of his teammates. He truly embodies what it means to be a team leader and is certainly the main reason the Giants are in the fortunate position they are in. From the way he carries himself on the field to the way he conducts himself in interviews you can tell that he knows what he is doing and just how special of a player he truly is. An MVP is a player whose performance is not only outstanding but also helps carry his team. In the N.L. that player is Buster Posey.

Catapulted The Offense

Just when Giants fans thought the season was over -- due to the suspension of Melky Cabrera -- Buster Posey got even stronger at the plate. Since Cabrera's suspension on August 15, Posey hit .348 with five home runs and 27 RBIs with a .411 OBP and a .561 SLG. He literally carried the Giants offensively -- along with some help from Marco Scutaro and a few others.

Returned From Injury

Probably the most impressive part of this entire season, to me at least, is that Posey started this year after suffering a season-ending injury in 2011. For Posey to come back and win the first batting title for the Giants since 2004, hit 24 home runs and 103 RBIs with his .336 average and .408 OBP, I think it not only makes him the NL MVP but also the NL comeback player of the year.

Who Else?

This last point is a simple one. Who else do you choose? Andrew McCutchen who failed to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs? How about Ryan Braun, who had a sticky PED mess in 2011 and didn't lead his team to the playoffs? Oh, then what about Matt Kemp who led his Los Angeles Dodgers to second place in the NL West and finished 8.0 games behind the NL West champion Giants? Nope. I choose none of them. The only viable candidate I see is Buster Posey. Why? Simply because Posey has earned it.

Food for thought: Is Buster Posey the NL MVP or is it someone else? If it is not Posey, then tell me, who is it and why?

David is co-founder of wrapupp sports blog where fresh content is posted daily and present sports blogs and sports opinions -- all with a West Coast bias. Growing up in the Bay Area, David is a huge supporter of all the local sports teams; the Giants, Athletics, Warriors, Sharks, 49ers, and Raiders. His one fault, admittedly, as many of his friends and family would say, is his love for the Los Angeles Lakers. Growing up, Magic Johnson was his favorite basketball player and he fell in love with the team. He chalks it up to, "Not knowing any better". Now his love for sports has turned just as academic as it is intuitive and he follows most all sports all over the nation.

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Baseball-Reference. Buster Posey Stats. MLB 2012.

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