Probable N.L., A.L. MVPs: Buster Posey, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants, #28
Full name: Gerald Dempsey Posey III
3rd season; 25 years old
Drafted in first round (fifth overall pick) in 2008 out of Florida State University. He began his professional career playing for the Giants A-level team in San Jose in 2009, earning promotion to AAA Fresno later that season. He earned late call-up to the Giants in September 2009. After starting the 2010 season in Fresno, Posey was promoted to the majors for good in May 2010, soon replacing Benjie Molina as the team's starting catcher, earning Rookie of the Year recognition and helping the Giants with the 2010 National League pennant and World Series championship. Gravely injured in a home-plate collision in may 2011, Posey missed the rest of that season. He returned in 2012 catching and playing occasional first base, hitting cleanup for the Giants, winning the N.L. batting title and leading the team to another N.L. crown.
Born March 27, 1987, in Leesburg, Georgia; Married with two children.
Buster Posey's statistics
Why Mike Trout should be A.L. MVP
A player who proves that statistics are not the final yardstick in determining a player's value -- though his statistics were breathtaking. Trout was a game-changer, a player with such burning speed that every opponent had to prepare to face him. And as a hitter, he showed that his skills are nearly limitless. Some observers write that his season was one of the great ones ever and that he could be the kind of star who sets new standards for greatness. This after one full season in the majors. It should be a fun trip following his career.
Winners of the National League and American League Most Valuable Player awards will be announced Nov. 15, and favorites to be honored this year both are playing in the 2012 World Series. Buster Posey, catcher and team leader for the San Francisco Giants, is expected to be named N.L. MVP, while Miguel Cabrera, the Triple Crown-winning third baseman for the Detroit Tigers, and Los Angeles Angels sensation Mike Trout, are widely considered the leading contenders in the A.L. Here's a comparative look at the three elite stars.