National League MVP: Ryan Braun Or Buster Posey?

Christian Petersen

A great defensive catcher who can hit? Or a dominant hitter who already has one MVP? Who's your choice?

Just like the American League, the National League has two strong candidates for Most Valuable Player who will probably take most or all of the first-place votes between them.

Ryan Braun won last year's award, and had just as good, if not a better, year in 2012. He led the league in home runs, runs scored, total bases and OPS. Unlike 2011, Braun's team did not make the playoffs in 2012, though they had a late run at it, in part helped by Braun's .355/.407/.554 numbers after September 1.

Buster Posey came back from a horrifying ankle injury suffered in 2011 to again take his spot behind the plate for the Giants, who are now playing in the World Series. Besides being a plus defensive catcher, Posey won the NL batting title, hit 24 home runs despite having his home park being the toughest in baseball for home runs, and led the league in OPS+ (172).

Here are their numbers:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Ryan Braun 154 598 108 191 36 3 41 112 63 128 30 7 .319 .391 .595


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Buster Posey 148 530 78 178 39 1 24 103 69 96 1 1 .336 .408 .549

So, who's your choice? Vote in the poll.

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