San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was named as a finalist for the National League Most Valuable Player Award on Wednesday. He joins a list including Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, San Diego's Chase Headley, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and St. Louis' Yadier Molina.
Posey led baseball with a .336 batting average through 148 regular season games while putting up 24 home runs and 103 RBI. Posey also led the NL with a 7.2 WAR, third in the MLB to rookie Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees.
Posey was chosen by both his peers and by MLB reporters as the Comeback Player of the Year in the NL after recovering and returning from a crippling hit in 2011. A collision at home plate with the Marlins' Scott Cousins broke a leg bone and tore ligaments in Posey's ankle, as he played in only 45 games last year following a NL Rookie of the Year campaign in 2010.