San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, photo courtesy US Presswire
NEW YORK - San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was named National League Most Valuable Player by baseball writers Thursday.
Posey batted a league-leading .336, slammed 24 homers and batted in 103 during the regular season. His Giants won the 2012 World Series for the second time in three years.
The other finalists for the honor were last year's winner Ryan Braun of the Brewers, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Padres third baseman Chase Headley.
Previously, Posey was selected NL Comeback Player of the Year. He was sidelined most of the 2011 season after a home-plate collision badly injured his leg and ankle.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera won the American League's Most Valuable Player award after becoming baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years
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