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After missing most of the 2011 season following a devastating collision at the plate, the Giants' catcher hit .336 with 24 home runs and 103 RBIs to earn the NL MVP.
How consumed were you with the AL MVP race between Miguel Cabrera [the winner] and Mike Trout?
BUSTER POSEY: Probably not as consumed as everyone else. It was fun for me to watch. As a fan of the game, I found it very intriguing. The years those guys had were historic. I would have hated to have to vote on that one. It could have gone either way.
What's the most important statistic for a hitter?
BP: I still think it's about driving in runs. Of course you have to have people on base. But driving in runs is how you're going to win a game. Especially for a team like we have in San Francisco with a great pitching staff. If you're able to get these guys some runs, you have a good chance of winning.
How important is the backstory attached to an MVP candidate?
BP: It probably does play a factor. What Trout did as a 20-year old rookie ... it's hard to wrap your mind around. Cabrera winning the Triple Crown ... I hear a lot of people acting like the Triple Crown isn't as great an accomplishment as it used to be. For me, it's the opposite. In today's game, with the matchups late in the game and great relievers—each team has a guy throwing mid-to-upper 90s with a nasty slider or split. To win a Triple Crown in a year where there are so many guys who excel in batting average and home runs is a great accomplishment.
Who would you have voted for?