|Buster Posey won the National League Most Valuable Player award. (US Presswire)|
Buster Posey was named the 2012 National LEague Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Thursday. Posey earned 27 of the 32 first-place votes, topping second-place finisher Ryan Braun of the Brewers 422 points to 285.
Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen finished third, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina was fourth and Padres third baseman Chase Headley was fifth. David Wright, Adam LaRoche, Craig Kimbrel, Aramis Ramirez and Jay Bruce rounded out the top 10. Complete voting, including all the finishers and the votes by BBWAA members are on the BBWAA website.
Posey, 25, hit .336/.408/.549 with 24 home runs with 103 RBI in 148 games for the world champion Giants. Posey was also the Comeback Player of the Year, missing most of 2011 after a devastating knee injury in a collision at the plate.
Posey became just the third catcher in baseball history to win an MVP, World Series title and Rookie of the Year, joining Johnny Bench and Thurman Munson. He's the first catcher to win the MVP in the National League since 1972.
Although Posey and the Giants went on to win the World Series, the vote was conducted before the playoffs.