One year removed from a severe leg injury that cost him most of a season, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey had the ultimate comeback performance, earning the National League Most Valuable Player award on Thursday.
"I think it's an accomplishment that is shared with the whole Giants organization," Posey told the MLB Network after winning the honor. "It starts at the top with the great ownership, the front office, putting great guys on the field. It's a great place to come and play ball every day.
"And we've seen over the past couple of years how passionate our fans are, so I'm very fortunate to play in San Francisco. I couldn't be more honored to have my name alongside the previous winners."
The award, voted by the Baseball Writers' Associated of America, was the first to go to a National League catcher since 1972, when Johnny Bench won it. Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer was the AL MVP in 2009.
The 25-year-old Posey, who last month helped the Giants win their second World Series title in three years, had 27 first-place votes and 422 total votes, far ahead of Milwaukee's Rick Braun, who had three first-place votes and 285 total votes. Braun won the NL MVP last year.
A first-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2008, Posey was the NL's Rookie of the Year in 2010. He suffered a broken left leg and torn ligaments in his left ankle in a May 25, 2011, collision at home plate with Florida Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, and the catcher missed the remainder of the season.
Posey bounced back to win the NL batting title this season with a .336 average. He also led the league with a .408 on-base percentage and finished fourth with a .549 slugging percentage.
Last month, he also was voted as the NL Comeback Player of the Year.
The other NL MVP finalists were San Diego's Chase Headley, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and St. Louis' Yadier Molina.