Buster Posey won his first MVP award on Thursday night, capping an end to an incredible season with the San Francisco Giants just 18 months after breaking his leg in a collision at home plate. He was the first catcher to win the award since the 1972 season when it was awarded to Johnny Bench.

Yadier Molina finished in fourth place with a total of 241 votes. (Posey- 422, Braun- 285, McCutchen- 245). Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran, also received several votes.

There is no doubt that the Cardinals had one of the most deep lineups in the National League in 2012. They had five players who hit 20+ home runs and there were truly big threats from top to bottom. I found it interesting that neither of the two first place votes Molina received were from St. Louis…they were both from New York. Weird.

In any case, congratulations to Buster. This wasn’t really much of a surprise, as he totally deserved it, hitting a league leading .336 with 24 home runs and 103 RBIs.

The MVP race is funny, because it’s very different from the Cy Young race. The MVP tends to be someone who was on a winning team, and it is very rare you find an MVP on a team that did not make the playoffs. On the other hand, the Cy Young, as seen this year with R.A. Dickey, almost never seems to be on a playoff team. Seasons like the one Dickey had remind me of Steve Carlton’s 1972 season when he went 27-10 with a 1.97 ERA with the Philadelphia Phillies. The kicker? The Phillies went 59-97 that year.