“I just try to go out and play as hard as I can and let the results take care of themselves…”
San Francisco Giants Catcher Buster Posey
The results have been magnificent for both Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants. Posey was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player last week. Posey batted .336 with 24 Home Runs and 103 RBI’s and was instrumental in the Giants winning their second World Championship in the last three years. In 2012, Posey became the first National League catcher since Johnny Bench (1972) to win the MVP.
Posey also won the N.L. Batting Title in 2012 thereby becoming the first National League catcher to do so since Ernie Lombardi did it in 1942. In 2010, Buster Posey was named the National League’s Rookie of the Year. Posey was the Giants 5th round pick out of Florida State in Baseball’s 2008 Amateur Draft.
Buster Posey’s story truly is heartwarming. Posey was a fine young player, who, as a rookie, helped the Giants win their first World Championship in San Francisco in 2010. In late May of 2011, Posey suffered a very serious injury while catching in a game against the Florida Marlins. Posey fractured a bone in his left leg and tore three ankle ligaments. He missed the remainder of the 2011 season.
Not only did Posey make it all the way back from the injury, but he did it while playing baseball’s most demanding position (catcher). It is not often that at age 25, a player is in a position to win the Comeback Player of the Year Award. Posey did just that – and Giants’ fans are celebrating again.
Howard Kellman will give a speech at Wisconsin Dells next week.