The San Francisco Giants have not won the National League Rookie of the Year award since John Montefusco won it in 1975, 35 years ago. The team has come close in '89 when, then rookie, Will Clark fueled this team to win the N.L. pennant only to lose to the Oakland A's in the "Bay Bridge Series."
Today we check in on our newest candidate, Buster Posey.
Being brought up much later than other rookies this season; Posey has outperformed a number of them already. He currently leads all rookies (who have had more than 220 at-bats) in batting average (.345) and on-base percentage (.382). He ranks 7th in home runs, and 5th in runs batted in despite only playing 64 games this season.
Big name rookies such as Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg may be well known, but they pose no huge threat to win the award. Heyward has an batting average of .262, with only 4 more home runs than Buster, and he started his season on opening day as a starter for the Braves. Strasburg is good, but not good enough to be considered the top N.L. rookie. He has an ERA of 3.07 and he only has 8 starts this season, not nearly enough of a sample size to count as a legitimate season.
Other rookies that can take this award from Posey's grasp are Tyler Colvin from the Cubs, Ike Davis of the Mets, or Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins. All, much like Jason Heyward, have high home run and RBI numbers, but have low batting averages and on-base percentages.
The only way Buster can stand out even more from the rest is if he can become the savior of this team, and pull them through a successful playoff bid. That means he has clutch hits, productive at-bats, and he becomes the main force of this team’s offense.
The only other rookie on a potential playoff team is Jason Heyward, as he and the Braves sit atop the N.L. East by 2.5 games. By the time September comes around, this could be a flat out sprint between the star Jason Heyward, and our very own Buster Posey.
45 games remain this season. That's 45 gut wrenching, tear jerking, and pure exciting games. 45 games on a level of adrenaline San Francisco hasn't experienced since Will "The Thrill" Clark threw champagne around the locker room in 1989.
These next 45 games are for Buster to send a message to the rest of the league: "I'm Buster Posey, and I am better than you."
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