Buster Posey wins National League MVP Award

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) throws San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) throws to first during a game against the Miami Marlins in San Francisco. (May 1, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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The discussion for National League MVP had none of the spirited debate and fervor of the AL race, which in terms of diametrically opposed viewpoints resembled the presidential campaign.

And the results reflected it.

In a predictable landslide, Buster Posey of the Giants captured the NL award, becoming only the eighth catcher to do so and the first since Johnny Bench in 1972.

"This is an award that can be shared with the whole Giants organization," Posey, 25, said on a conference call Thursday night. "We have a great owner and a great front office and that translates into putting good players on the field. I'm happy to be able to share that with them."

Posey, the 2010 Rookie of the Year, had his 2011 season end May 25 after a collision at the plate resulted in a lower left leg fracture. He already had been named Comeback Player of the Year after having hit a league-leading .336, with 24 homers and 103 RBIs, for the World Series champions.

Posey received 27 of 32 first- place votes in accumulating 422 points, far ahead of the Brewers' Ryan Braun, who received three first-place votes and totaled 285 points.

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"Winning the MVP regardless of if you're coming off an injury or not is an extremely humbling accomplishment," Posey said.

"I do know that I definitely have a deeper appreciation for being able to play baseball. I've seen that can be taken away quick. Hopefully, I can continue to embrace the game and enjoy it. That was my mind-set coming into the season: to enjoy being out there. Just try and appreciate each minute you're out there."

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