October 19th, 2012
TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants visit the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th game of this best-of-7 National League Championship Series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (0-0, 6.75) will face Cardinals’ right-hander Lance Lynn (1-1, 8.59).
BUSTER POSEY WINs 2012 NL MLB COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Giants Catcher Honored for Outstanding 2012 Regular Season. The Comeback Player of the Year Award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and presented annually to one player in each League who has re-emerged on the field during the season.
Posey, who played in just 45 games in 2011 after sustaining a season-ending injury on May 25th, captured the National League batting title in 2012 after hitting .336 with a career-best 24 home runs and 103 RBI. The 25-year-old backstop also posted career highs with 39 doubles, 78 runs scored, 69 walks, a .408 on-base percentage and a .549 slugging percentage. In addition to leading the N.L. in hitting, the 2010 N.L. Rookie of the Year ranked among league leaders in on-base percentage (2nd), slugging percentage (4th), RBI (6th), multi-hit games (52, T-6th), total bases (291, T-7th), hits (178, T-8th), doubles (T-8th) and walks (10th).
Posey, who was selected by the Giants with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, was named to his first All-Star Game in 2012 after setting a new N.L. single-season balloting mark with 7,621,370 votes. The Leesburg, Georgia native appeared in 148 games, including 111 starts behind the plate, 29 starts at first base and three starts as the designated hitter. The Florida State University product became the sixth player in franchise history (seventh time) to win a batting title, joining Roger Connor (1885), Jack Glasscock (1890), Larry Doyle (1915), Bill Terry (1930), Willie Mays (1954) and Barry Bonds (2002 and 2004). In addition, Posey becomes the first catcher and the first Giant to win the Comeback Player of the Year Award since the inception of the award in 2005.