The Giants’ Buster Posey was out in front during the early portion of the All-Star voting, but with two weeks to go he was overtaken by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who will start the July 16th game.
SAN FRANCISCO — Yadier Molina may have nipped Buster Posey for the most NL votes for catchers in 2013 after Posey came out on top last year, but what’s most important is Posey will once again be making the trip to the MLB All-Star Game.
Posey (6,474,088 votes), who broke the NL record for votes in 2012 but finished second to NL top vote-getter Molina (6,883,258), earned his second career honor Saturday when he and San Francisco Giant teammates Marco Scutaro and Madison Bumgarner were named to the All-Star team as reserves. Posey, elected by fans to start last year’s Midsummer Classic, was chosen by players for this year’s team that will face its American League counterparts July 16 at New York’s Citi Field.
“It’s obviously a great honor,” Posey, whose vote total of 7,621,370 last year established a record for National Leaguers, told the team’s official website. “Going to it last year, I got a chance to see how amazing and special an event it is.”
Posey has reinforced his triumph in last year’s Most Valuable Player balloting with another strong performance. The 26-year-old is batting .309 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI. Besides topping NL catchers with a .519 slugging percentage, Posey entered Sunday ranked among league leaders in on-base percentage, doubles, batting average and extra-base hits. Moreover, according to FanGraphs, Posey accumulated a 3.4 WAR (wins above replacement), second only among NL catchers to Molina (3.6).
Posey became the fourth catcher in franchise history to make the All-Star team in back-to-back seasons, joining Harry “The Horse” Danning (1939-41), Walker Cooper (1946-48) and Tom Haller (1966-67).