Coley Harvey | Orlando Sentinel FSU reporter
6:46 PM EST, November 15, 2012
The awards continue to roll in for Gerald Demsey Posey III, the South Georgia native better known as "Buster." Three weeks after earning his second World Series ring and being named a Silver Slugger and the recipient of the Hank Aaron Award, the former Florida State catcher on Thursday was tabbed the National League's MVP.
This is the first time Posey has received Most Valuable Player honors. It likely won't be his last.
Since arriving in the big leagues as a rookie three seasons ago, the Leesburg, Ga. native, has taken baseball by storm. Not only was he named the NL's Rookie of the Year in 2010, but he helped the San Francisco Giants win their first World Series since moving to the Bay Area in 1958. Two years later, in a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the latest Fall Classic, he and the Giants earned another championship.
"He is establishing himself as one of the premier athletes in baseball today," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Thursday, according to a tweet from Bay Area-based Associated Press reporter Janie McCauley.
Individual awards aren't new to Posey. In 2008, while helping guide the Seminoles to another College World Series appearance, he won the Golden Spikes Award. Nicknamed the Heisman Trophy of college baseball, the trophy is the considered the sport's highest honor.
Posey's MVP campaign came one year after his sophomore season was cut short by a freak injury at home plate. During a collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, Posey hurt an ankle and tore neighboring ligaments. Following months of rehab and an earlier-than-expected spring training return, he was named this year's NL Comeback Player of the Year.
The Baseball Writers Association of America administers the MVP awards. Posey won this year's trophy in a landslide. Of the 32 city ballots submitted, Posey earned 27 first-place votes, giving him a whopping 422 points. To see the ballots, check out this link from the BBWAA site.
Posey became the first catcher to claim NL MVP honors since 1972, when former Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench won the award. He also is the Giants' first MVP since 2004. That year, Barry Bonds claimed his seventh and final league MVP trophy.
The BBWAA also announced Thursday that Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, the first triple-crown winner (he led the American League in batting average, home runs and RBI) since 1967, had claimed the AL MVP honors.