COHN: Posey definitive MVP

  • Buster Posey waves to fans during the San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Buster Posey is Derek Jeter. And that is the highest praise.

Like Jeter, Posey does magic things, makes magic plays, makes magic throws, hits magic home runs — does things you barely can imagine, and he does them exactly when they matter most.

Like Jeter, he is the leader of his team — unquestioned leader. And that does not mean making speeches. It means playing with conviction and boldness, and showing his own team and the whole league what a "real" player is. He exemplifies "San Francisco Giant."

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Like Jeter, he has a pleasant, calm demeanor. He never says anything controversial. He is polite and professional, and he projects gentleman and sportsman, ideals our country admires even though many athletes — most? — no longer aspire to those ideals or even know they exist.

And one other thing: Like Derek Jeter, Buster Posey is one hell of a baseball player.

He got almost all the first-place votes for National League MVP, 27 of 32, and, frankly, he should have won unanimously. What season did the other voters watch?

He is what a Most Valuable Player is supposed to be. When Melky Cabrera got banished for being a cheater, the Giants seemed in dire straits. They had lost the MVP of the All-Star Game and they had no power hitters and their pitchers were — to use a Bruce Bochyism — "scuffling." And you figured they would slide down the standings and miss the playoffs — although they would have had some good excuses.

Forget that. Posey went on fire and carried the Giants to the postseason. An MVP is a carrier, a man who carries the team, makes it better. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were carriers. Posey is a carrier.

If you were starting a big-league team from scratch — starting one today — you would begin with Posey, who is only 25 and will play for another decade. There is no better choice.

Miguel Cabrera? Too old. And he took THAT third strike looking.

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