It was a great year all around for the San Francisco Giants in 2012. Literally everything that could have gone their way did. Almost nothing that could go seriously wrong went wrong. Perhaps the biggest plus they had on their side was eventual 2012 MVP Buster Posey behind the plate. For both the Giants and Posey 2013 was not as good. The Giants faltered big time but Posey was still good even in what some would call a down year.
Anytime things are going right, the best players get attention as they well should. All goes nearly silent in a year like the last place Giants had in 2013 however. Even in that down year however Posey could still be called the Giants most valuable player. His batting average was a very respectable .294 and he had 15 home runs with 72 RBI. His strikeouts were down from his MVP season which shows growing plate discipline.
Was Posey an MVP candidate in 2013? No, he wasn’t that close really. When you consider how badly the team performed, there would be little consideration for him anyway. What he did prove was that he is among MLB’s best catchers because he stuck with his team through thick and then and led them through it. If the Giants come out of their funk and succeed next season, you can look for Posey’s name in MVP voting once again. He’s that good and he will be once again in 2014.