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Airtight Case for Posey as NL MVP

Dan Honda/Oakland Tribune

The instructions at the top of the National League Most Valuable Player ballot begin with the words: "There is no clear-cut definition for what Most Valuable means."

In 2012, Buster Posey did his best to change that.

Posey is the heavy favorite heading into Thursday's MVP announcement for good reason. As members of the Baseball Writers Association of America filled out their ballots at the conclusion of the regular season, they were presented with a catcher who, from hitting to catching to winning, formed an MVP résumé without holes.

Posey even had one of the more compelling back stories in the history of the award.

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