Today is MVPosey's big day.
In what is quite evidently becoming the undisputedly most extreme pitchers park since the expansion era, AT&T Park, and particularly in the last couple of years more than any other year before, Posey, who plays half his games there, had a considerably higher OPS+ than Ryan Braun (172, which is 1st in all of baseball, vs. Braun at 159 which is fifth) had the exact same wRC+; obviously Braun’s a significantly better baserunner, but Buster played a much, much
more valuable position and did it exceptionally well. Fangraphs gives MVPosey the WAR edge (admittedly, by 0.1) in 67 less PAs, and he leads the NL in WAR. I don't like doing interleague "what ifs?" since there are almost literally millions of variables to consider due to ballparks, opposing pitching strength, etceteras, etceteras, but in celebebrating it's kind of funny to think that if Posey were in the American League, his batting average of .336 would have knocked Miguel Cabrera right off the Triple Crown cloud.
Think of the numbers MVPosey could put up at extremely hitter-friendly Miller Park, where he becomes a beast in an admittedly Small Sample Size: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/blogs/the-...153072335.html
I'm also inclined to give a large point to the individual whose team actually made the postseason versus the guy whose team didn't. It's why I was inclined to be fine with Braun winning NL MVP last year over Matt Kemp (besides, Kemp's a Dodger, heh). Giants fans saw what it was like to live without Posey for the better part of an entire season in 2011. Everything about him from his position(s) (he does play 1B on a regular basis, too), offensive production and performance and leadership for the team and various intangibles are of a raw necessity for this team to succeed.
Assuming Posey wins the MVP today
Through the AT&T Park Era, from 2000 and on the Giants have now had:
6 MVPs: Kent 00, Bonds 01-04, Posey 12
4 Division Titles: 00, 03, 10, 12
1 Executive of the Year: Sabean 03
2 Cy Youngs: Lincecum 08, 09
3 National League Pennants: 02, 10, 12
3 World Series Championships: 10, 12
1 Rookie of the Year: Posey 10
1 Comeback Player of the Year: Posey 12
1 Manager of the Year: Baker 00
1 Perfect Game
10 million crying Dodgers fans after just the first World Series, priceless