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Buster Posey, National League most valuable player. In the run-up to this award, which Buster won by a landslide, there's been a lot of talk about the guy needing a bigger fireplace mantle. Rookie of the year. Comeback player of the year. Willie Mac Award. Batting champ. Silver Slugger. Two World Series rings.

Let's also not forget the Golden Spikes Award, given to the best amateur player. Posey won in 2008. Odd little fact: The award has only been handed out since 1978, and the Giants have significant ties to four winners: Will Clark, Pat Burrell, Tim Lincecum and Posey.

Then there's the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year award, when Buster was in high school, and so on and so forth, all the way back to the Pampers Newborn Nickname of the Year he won when voters heard about the "Buster" thing.

Buster wins! That's in the immediate sense -- Buster wins the NL MVP -- but also in the general sense. Buster just wins. He also likes to sign his tweets.

Now the Giants have to pay the man. This will get interesting, because he's due for arbitration and if it actually goes that far, Buster's agent could ask for a krazillion dollars and a tax rate of -5% without anyone blinking. MLB Trade Rumors estimates a one-year contract of nearly $6 million. His salary will only rocket from there, so chances are the Giants will add a big Buster extension to the laundry list this winter.

Whatever happens, it's safe to say Buster won't show up the first day of spring training with a long mink coat and an iPhone app that responds to all media questions with Siri saying, "Excuse me, but what part of 'hold out' do you not understand?"

Quick thoughts on the AL MVP: I side with the statheads (and Brandon McCarthy) and would have voted for Mike Trout, the Anaheim rookie who didn't win the Triple Crown but did plenty enough in those traditional categories, while also being unstoppable on the bases (49 for 54 in steals) and All-World in center field. Baserunning beyond stolen bases and defense are hugely valuable. Here's another small but interesting stat: Trout grounded into seven double plays; Cabrera grounded in 28. That's nearly a game's worth of extra outs.

But back to the Giants. I've been around for the Giant MVP years of Kevin Mitchell and Will Clark, Jeff Kent and of course Barry Bonds, but watching a catcher win it, from the most demanding position on the field, is far more special. It also extinguishes any lingering doubt in my mind: The 2012 season was more satisyfing than 2010.


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