Andrew Baggarly for CSNBayArea.com, on just how much Buster Posey means to the Giants:
When he was injured and on crutches last year, Giants manager Bruce Bochy personally asked him to join in team meetings, and take the floor. Even when his cleanup-hitting catcher couldn’t walk, Bochy knew that Posey could make his teammates better.
“He wanted to stay involved with the club, and we wanted him to stay involved,” Bochy said. “He’s just a calming influence on everybody.”
And a winning influence. Bochy knows it, his Giants teammates know it, and voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America must’ve gotten wise to it when they bestowed 27 of 32 first-place votes on Posey to make him a landslide winner of the NL Most Valuable Player award on Thursday.
Only 25 years old, Posey’s racked up several accolades thus far in his brief career:
- Two World Series rings
- One Rookie of the Year
- One batting crown.
- One MVP
- One Silver Slugger
- One Comeback Player of the Year
- One Hank Aaron Award
Throw in a Johnny Bench Award as the top collegiate catcher. And he’s caught a perfect game.
After effectively shattering his ankle last year, to do what he did this year, leading his team to another championship, is damn impressive. He more than deserved the MVP. Terrific season.