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Buster Posey of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants won the National League's Most Valuable Player award on Thursday for the 2012 season.
The hard-hitting Posey posted the highest batting average in the major leagues at .336 and pounded 24 home runs while driving in 103 to win MLB's most cherished individual award, which is based only on performance during the regular season.
Besides his batting prowess, the 25-year-old catcher was widely credited with helping to guide the Giants' outstanding pitching staff as San Francisco went on to win its second Fall Classic crown in three years by sweeping the Detroit Tigers.
It was a brilliant comeback season for Posey, who missed most of the 2010 campaign after suffering a broken leg and torn ligaments in his ankle in a crushing collision as he tried to make a tag at home plate.
In his 2010 rookie season, Posey played a key role in helping the Giants win their first World Series in nearly half a century and was named Rookie of the Year.
Following his injury-shortened 2011 season, Posey returned this year as though nothing had happened. He was behind home plate in June when Matt Cain became the first Giant to pitch a perfect game and he was even more lethal with the bat.
Posey became the first catcher to win the NL batting title since Ernie Lombardi in 1942 and was a runaway winner of this season's NL Comeback Player of the Year award.
(China Daily 11/17/2012 page16)