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
The March rankings are in and MoreSplashHits moved up six spots to No. 44 on the Fan blogs with the most March page views on MLB blogs.
And if you think about it, there’s an eerie link.
Stay with me now.
MoreSplashHits is named in honor of the Splash Hits, home runs belted by a Giants player into McCovey Cove outside of AT&T Park.
McCovey Cove is named for San Francisco Giants Hall of Fame Willie McCovey.
Willie McCovey is the all-time favorite Giant of the author of MoreSplashHits.
Willie McCovey wore No. 44.
Ooooooooooohh. It’s like the stars were aligned or something, right?
OK, maybe that’s a bit of stretch.
Stretch! Get It! Ha!
All kidding aside, MoreSplashHits would like to thank all those followers who helped solidify MoreSplashHits in MLB Blogs Fan Top 50.
MoreSplashHits made its Top 50 debut last month at No. 50 (to honor legendary Giants great … uhhhhhhh … Scott Garrelts???).
Now at No. 44, it brings back a Willie McCovey memory.
McCovey was the one Giants player I remember my dad pointing out to me at the first Giants game I ever attended at Candlestick Park in 1973.
And then the Giants traded Big Mac to San Diego at the season’s end. The following summer, my family moved from Sacramento to the LA suburb of Simi Valley — Dodger Country.
But in 1977, McCovey was back with the Giants, and he was re-installed as my favorite Giant.
That season the Dodgers decided to honor the 39-year-old McCovey with “Willie McCovey Night” at Dodger Stadium on August 16.
Some remember August 16, 1977 as the day Elvis Presley died. I remember it as the day it rained all day in Southern California. Willie McCovey Night was rained out.
It never rains in LA in August.
The game was replayed the next day, but “Willie McCovey Night” was rescheduled for a night in September. My dad got issued replacement tickets for the rained out game for September 26, the rescheduled “Willie McCovey Night.”
That night, Willie Mac hit one out and the Giants won 9-1. It was the first time I had ever attended a Giants-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium that the Giants actually won.
And all those in attendance that night could take their ticket stub to a LA-area McDonald’s for a free Big Mac. So the next day, that’s what I did.
So, on Friday, to commemorate the Giants’ home opener and MoreSplashHits coming it at No. 44 on the MLB Blogs Fans Top 50 for March, I think I’ll go to McDonald’s and get a Big Mac.
You think if I showed them the link to the MLB Fan Blogs rankings, they’ll give me my Big Mac for free?