This definitely won't be where you heard it first, but it will be where I perpetuate the thought and give insight to it. But I am a firm believer that Buster Posey, catcher for the San Francisco Giants, will be the 2012 NL MVP. Like it or not we have to come to the realization sooner or later that Posey is the best choice for the award and there are several reasons why.
Let's take a look:
Buster Posey is the core of the San Francisco Giants, of that I am sure. He is their catcher; their on-field captain. The man who studies the batters, manages a large pitching staff, and calls all of the games when he is behind the plate. When he's not behind the plate, he's at first base, contributing with his bat and playing solid defense at first. Being an MVP is so much more than just putting up a lot of home runs and RBIs, it's about leading your team and being, for lack of a better descriptor, the most valuable player. No single player in the NL may be as important as Posey is to the Giants.
Posey came out swinging in the second-half of the season and has been one of the hottest hitters around. In the 54 games since the 2012 MLB All-Star break, Posey is hitting .383 with a .460 on-base percentage (OBP), a .642 slugging percentage (SLG), 11 home runs, and 47 RBIs. All of this has helped the Giants maintain and extend their lead in the NL West to its current 7.5 game lead (prior to the Giants' matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, September 15). As for the entire season, Posey's numbers look like this: .329 BA, .404 OBP, .536 SLG, 21 home runs, and 90 RBIs.
Melky Cabrera Suspension
Posey's leadership and valuable status can only be reinforced by the fact that he has continued to lead the Giants' offense after the suspension of the team's leading hitter in Melky Cabrera. Once Cabrera went down for his positive PED test, it was Posey who continued to produce and lead the Giants, making sure that hope wasn't lost with the loss of Cabrera.
It is these qualities and more that exemplify Buster Posey as the best choice for the NL MVP award here in 2012. Not to mention, Posey has done all this after coming off a season-ending injury in when he broke his ankle in late May of 2011.
Food for thought: Is Buster Posey the obvious choice for NL MVP? With players like Andrew McCutchen's Pittsburgh Pirates tailing off, Posey has to be the front runner in my eyes. If Posey is not your NL MVP, who is it and why?
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Baseball-Reference.com. Buster Posey Stats. MLB 2012.
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