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Buster Posey: 6th different San Francisco Giant as NL MVP

The San Francisco Giants now have a six-pack of NL MVPs in their history.

Buster Posey became the first Giant to be selected NL MVP since Barry Bonds won his fifth as a Giant in 2004. Posey collected 27 of 32 first-place votes to easily outdistance runner-up Ryan Braun of the Brewers, last year’s MVP. Braun picked up three first-place votes. Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, who placed fourth behind the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, picked up the other two. Posey had 422 points, followed by Braun (285), McCutchen (245) and Molina (241).

Posey was second on four ballots and third on the other.

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger and Andy Rubin of ESPN New York voted for Molina (both had Posey second). Oddly enough, the two St. Louis Post Dispatch writers (Rick Hummel and Joe Strauss) voted Posey first. Hummel had Molina second, Strauss had him third behind Braun.

Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago had Posey third (behind Braun and McCutchen). Braun’s other two first-place votes came Tom Haudicourt and Todd Rosiak, both of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (both of them had Posey second).

Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence each received one 10th-place vote (Hunter Pence??)

Posey finshed with 24 home runs, 103 RBI, 39 doubles, a league-leading .336 average, .408 OBP and .549 OPS in 148 games for the Giants this season. He placed 114 games at catcher, 29 at first place and three as the DH one season after a serious ankle injury ended his season in late May of 2011.

Here’s a look at other San Francisco Giants NL MVPs:

Barry Bonds, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

  • 1993, Bonds had 46 HR, 123 RBI, .336/.458/.677;
  • 2001, 73 HR, 137 RBI, .328/.515/.863;
  • 2002, 46 HR, 110 RBI, .370/.582/.799;
  • 2003, 45 HR, 90 RBI, .341/.529/.749;
  • 2004, 45 HR, 101 RBI, .362/.609/.812

Jeff Kent, 2000

  • 33 HR, 125 RBI, .334/.424/.596

Kevin Mitchell, 1989

  • 47 HR, 125 RBI, .291/.338/.635

Willie McCovey, 1969

  • 45 HR, 126 RBI, .320/.453/.656

Willie Mays 1965

  • 52 HR, 112 RBI, .317/.398/.645

And we can’t forget the New York Giants NL MVPs

Willie Mays, 1954

  • 41 HR, 110 RBI, .345/.411/.667

Carl Hubbell, 1934, 1937

  • 1933 – 23-12, 1.66 ERA, 156 K
  • 1936 – 26-6, 2.31 ERA, 123 K

Spring training notes: Freak ready to go now


The Associated Press

When MoreSplashHits saw the first images of Tim Lincecum working out at spring training, I thought “Hey! The Freak cut his hair.”

Well, the image is an optical illusion of sorts. Lincecum has pulled his hair back into a neat ponytail. And in the above image, you can’t see the ponytail. So Lincecum of 2011 looks a little bit like Lincecum of 2007.

But what’s more important than the Freak’s hair — all right maybe AS important — is Lincecum’s commitment.

Last season, the Freak hit a rough patch in August, losing five straight starts with an ERA approaching 8.00 over those starts. Giants management called Lincecum to task regarding the pitcher’s conditioning and regimen between starts.

Lincecum got the message, rededicated himself to have a solid September, then led the Giants to their first World Series title in 56 years.

Apparently, Lincecum carried his commitment through the offseason. Everyone from Buster Posey to Bruce Bochy remarked how Lincecum looked like he was ready to start the season Tuesday.

“I don’t ever want to go through that again, whether it’s people doubting my workouts or my work ethic,” Lincecum told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. “I want to come in ready to pitch at a high level and not make any excuses.”

Rotation order one-fifth set

We learned Tuesday that Lincecum will be the Giants’ opening day starter on March 31 in Los Angeles. No shocker there.

But after that, Bochy was not willing to commit.

One scenario would involve pitching Matt Cain behind Lincecum, which would leave three left-handers in a row.

Bochy said he’d be OK with that because with off days the three lefties would rarely face the same team in the same series. It’s a nice theory, but in reality the first series in which all three lefties would face the same team would come on April 15-17 in Arizona. This is assuming all five pitcher pitch in turn from opening day.

The Mercury News reported that Lincecum would be line to pitch the season opener and the home opener on April 8. But that’s not true. They must have overlooked the fact that the season opens March 31, not April 1. And that the home opener is the seventh game of the season, not the sixth.

Kent coming to camp

The Giants announced that Jeff Kent has been invited to spring training to work as a special instructor. Kent spent six seasons with the Giants, winning the 2000 NL MVP award.

Kent left the Giants after the 2002 season for two seasons in Houston, and then finished his career with four seasons with the Dodgers.

Kent is expected to work with a variety of players, but it’s thought the he’ll work with second baseman Charlie Culberson as well as work with Buster Posey on being a cleanup hitter.

We can only hope he doesn’t offer Giants players tips on the best Phoenix-area locations on where to “wash your truck.”