Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mays, McCovey and Posey

In case you've been stuck in an elevator today, Buster Posey was named the NL MVP. Henry Schulman's story for the SF Chronicle has these notable observations, including that Buster and the Willies are the only players to have won Rookie of the Year and MVPs in the Orange and Black  --

Posey won the 10th MVP by a San Francisco Giant. Willie Mays won in 1965, Willie McCovey in 1969 and Kevin Mitchell in 1989. Barry Bonds won five, including four in a row from 2001-04. Jeff Kent won in 2000.


Posey also joined Mays and McCovey as the only Giants to win Rookie of the Year and an MVP. Orlando Cepeda won rookie honors as a Giant and MVP as a St. Louis Cardinal.
"To hear my name mentioned with those guys doesn't even seem real," Posey said.
In interviews throughout the day Posey credited the Giants for fielding good players, making it easier for all to succeed.
Asked if the award was more meaningful in light of his 2011 injury, Posey said, "I think wining the MVP, whether coming off an injury or never being injured, is an extremely gratifying accomplishment. I do know I definitely have a deeper appreciation being able to play baseball. I've seen it can be taken away quick. Hopefully I can continue to embrace the game and enjoy it."


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Buster-Posey-caps-comeback-year-with-MVP-4042143.php#ixzz2CLqnF5Q3
Here's what David Pinto at Baseball Musings said -- 

  Buster Posey wins the 2012 NL MVP. He’s simply the best hitter in baseball right now, and I’m happy to see a great hitter at an important defensive position beat out a leftfielder.
Update: The voting is here. Buster took 27 of the 32 first place votes as he ran away with the award. The closest race was between Andrew McCutchen and Yadier Molina for third, McCutchen winning by four points.
Posey won the 10th MVP by a San Francisco Giant. Willie Mays won in 1965, Willie McCovey in 1969 and Kevin Mitchell in 1989. Barry Bonds won five, including four in a row from 2001-04. Jeff Kent won in 2000.
Posey also joined Mays and McCovey as the only Giants to win Rookie of the Year and an MVP. Orlando Cepeda won rookie honors as a Giant and MVP as a St. Louis Cardinal.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Buster-Posey-caps-comeback-year-with-MVP-4042143.php#ixzz2CLqFMmhl
Posey won the 10th MVP by a San Francisco Giant. Willie Mays won in 1965, Willie McCovey in 1969 and Kevin Mitchell in 1989. Barry Bonds won five, including four in a row from 2001-04. Jeff Kent won in 2000.
Posey also joined Mays and McCovey as the only Giants to win Rookie of the Year and an MVP. Orlando Cepeda won rookie honors as a Giant and MVP as a St. Louis Cardinal.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Buster-Posey-caps-comeback-year-with-MVP-4042143.php#ixzz2CLqFMmhl
Posey won the 10th MVP by a San Francisco Giant. Willie Mays won in 1965, Willie McCovey in 1969 and Kevin Mitchell in 1989. Barry Bonds won five, including four in a row from 2001-04. Jeff Kent won in 2000.
Posey also joined Mays and McCovey as the only Giants to win Rookie of the Year and an MVP. Orlando Cepeda won rookie honors as a Giant and MVP as a St. Louis Cardinal.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Buster-Posey-caps-comeback-year-with-MVP-4042143.php#ixzz2CLqFMmhl
Posey won the 10th MVP by a San Francisco Giant. Willie Mays won in 1965, Willie McCovey in 1969 and Kevin Mitchell in 1989. Barry Bonds won five, including four in a row from 2001-04. Jeff Kent won in 2000.
Posey also joined Mays and McCovey as the only Giants to win Rookie of the Year and an MVP. Orlando Cepeda won rookie honors as a Giant and MVP as a St. Louis Cardinal.
"To hear my name mentioned with those guys doesn't even seem real," Posey said.
In interviews throughout the day Posey credited the Giants for fielding good players, making it easier for all to succeed.
Asked if the award was more meaningful in light of his 2011 injury, Posey said, "I think wining the MVP, whether coming off an injury or never being injured, is an extremely gratifying accomplishment. I do know I definitely have a deeper appreciation being able to play baseball. I've seen it can be taken away quick. Hopefully I can continue to embrace the game and enjoy it."


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Buster-Posey-caps-comeback-year-with-MVP-4042143.php#ixzz2CLpfuC00
Posey won the 10th MVP by a San Francisco Giant. Willie Mays won in 1965, Willie McCovey in 1969 and Kevin Mitchell in 1989. Barry Bonds won five, including four in a row from 2001-04. Jeff Kent won in 2000.
Posey also joined Mays and McCovey as the only Giants to win Rookie of the Year and an MVP. Orlando Cepeda won rookie honors as a Giant and MVP as a St. Louis Cardinal.
"To hear my name mentioned with those guys doesn't even seem real," Posey said.
In interviews throughout the day Posey credited the Giants for fielding good players, making it easier for all to succeed.
Asked if the award was more meaningful in light of his 2011 injury, Posey said, "I think wining the MVP, whether coming off an injury or never being injured, is an extremely gratifying accomplishment. I do know I definitely have a deeper appreciation being able to play baseball. I've seen it can be taken away quick. Hopefully I can continue to embrace the game and enjoy it."
Posey already has embraced a lot of hardware. Just 308 games into his major-league career he also has won a Silver Slugger, Comeback Player of the Year and the Hank Aaron Award as the league's best offensive player, notably winning all those honors as a catcher.
He is the first NL catcher to win MVP since Johnny Bench in 1972.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Buster-Posey-caps-comeback-year-with-MVP-4042143.php#ixzz2CLpDX7fq
Posey won the 10th MVP by a San Francisco Giant. Willie Mays won in 1965, Willie McCovey in 1969 and Kevin Mitchell in 1989. Barry Bonds won five, including four in a row from 2001-04. Jeff Kent won in 2000.
Posey also joined Mays and McCovey as the only Giants to win Rookie of the Year and an MVP. Orlando Cepeda won rookie honors as a Giant and MVP as a St. Louis Cardinal.
"To hear my name mentioned with those guys doesn't even seem real," Posey said.
In interviews throughout the day Posey credited the Giants for fielding good players, making it easier for all to succeed.
Asked if the award was more meaningful in light of his 2011 injury, Posey said, "I think wining the MVP, whether coming off an injury or never being injured, is an extremely gratifying accomplishment. I do know I definitely have a deeper appreciation being able to play baseball. I've seen it can be taken away quick. Hopefully I can continue to embrace the game and enjoy it."
Posey already has embraced a lot of hardware. Just 308 games into his major-league career he also has won a Silver Slugger, Comeback Player of the Year and the Hank Aaron Award as the league's best offensive player, notably winning all those honors as a catcher.
He is the first NL catcher to win MVP since Johnny Bench in 1972.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Buster-Posey-caps-comeback-year-with-MVP-4042143.php#ixzz2CLpDX7fq

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