Giants catcher Buster Posey was voted the NL MVP Thursday. Below are the official statements from the organization's brass:
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Laurence M. Baer, Giants President and Chief Executive Officer:
On behalf of the entire Giants organization and our fans, we congratulate Buster Posey on this tremendous achievement. He joins Willie Mays and Willie McCovey as the only Giants to win Rookie of the Year and an MVP award in franchise history. Busters work ethic, leadership skills and extraordinary talent represent all that is great about our game and what it means to be a San Francisco Giant. This is a proud day for Buster and his family, for the Giants and for our fans everywhere.
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Brian Sabean, Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager:
This is a great achievement and I couldnt be happier for Buster. He is establishing himself as one of the premier athletes in baseball today. His leadership and ability to produce offensively and play solid defense behind the plate makes him one of the most exciting and valuable players in either league. I also want to congratulate our entire baseball organization, including Busters teammates, our scouting and player development staff, our coaches and training staff for the role they all played in helping Buster earn this special honor.
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Bruce Bochy, Giants Manager:
Im thrilled that Buster won this very prestigious award. To go through what hes gone through over the past year and then do what he did in 2012, not many people can do that. Hes so valuable with the way he catches, handles the staff and hits cleanup while handling all thats thrown at him. He not only has a huge impact on our lineup but a bigger impact with the way that he leads by example and we are extremely lucky that hes a part of our organization. Buster is an exceptionally talented baseball player who has earned this high honor through his hard work, dedication and competitive spirit.
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PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.
“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”
It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.
“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said.
Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A.
Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher.
“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.
After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.
Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.
San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P