We are only a week into the San Francisco Giants spring training, and already Buster Posey is raking in the awards, having been named the face of Major League Baseball after garnering more votes that the New York Mets’ David Wright. In order to reach the finals, Posey defeated the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy, the Angels’ Mike Trout and the A’s Sean Doolittle.
Having become accustomed to being acknowledged for his feats on the field, Posey appeared somewhat bemused on Thursday, as he was presented with the award, which is voted on by a large base of fans from all walks of baseball. Last year, Posey lost in the competition to the A’s Eric Sogard who ended up on the short side of the ledger to…Wright.
Posey is no stranger to receiving accolades, having won Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player in 2012, and two Silver Slugger Awards. He has been selected to two All-Star games and he has won three World Series titles. In each of these instances, Buster had to expend a bit more effort than to simply have his visage available.
Jun 25, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Buster Posey (28) hits a single against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
But here’s the thing. Buster is the Face of MLB. I wrote about it four months ago, here, and will include a snippet from that piece, simply because it arrived early. This is what I wrote:
“Why the Giants’ catcher? Posey is the face of baseball for the simple fact the he is a proven winner, and America loves a winner.
The one position player who has played in every postseason game in the past three Giants’ title pursuits, is Buster Posey.
He has been the centerpiece of three Giants’ championship teams in five years, even though each of the three squads has featured substantively different lineups, with an assorted cast of characters and heroes. Some of these players are still on board, and some of them are no more than a fading image of a red thong, or a black beard, but Posey is still a Giant and will be so for a long time, having been signed to a nine-year deal for 167 million dollars.
Buster Posey is universally recognized as one of the good guys. If the Giants were a Western film, he would wear a white hat, and twirl a pair pearl-handled six-shooters. If the Giants were the 49ers, he would be Joe Montana, and if Posey were a rock star, he would be-who else? Steve Perry.”
So now it’s official and I could not be happier. They say good things come to good people, and Buster Posey is good people.
Feb 16, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) warms up during camp at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports