San Francisco’s Buster Posey was named National League MVP today. The former Y-D Red Sox standout is the second straight Cape Cod Baseball League alumnus to earn NL MVP honors, after Ryan Braun won it last year.
Posey, 25, played in the Cape League just five years ago, shining for Y-D in 2006 and 2007, but has rocketed to stardom with the Giants. In this his fourth MLB season, he hit .336 with 24 homers and led the Giants to the World Championship.
If my research is right, this MVP honor is the eighth won by a former Cape Leaguer. Before Braun last year, Jeff Kent (Cotuit ’88) was the last to win. Mo Vaughn (Wareham ’87 & ’88) won in 1995. Frank Thomas (Orleans ’88) and Jeff Bagwell (Chatham ’88) both won in 1994, with Thomas also winning in 1993. Interstingly, Kent, Vaughn, Thomas and Bagwell all played on the Cape in 1988. Must have been a heck of a year.
Thurman Munson (Chatham ’67) rounds out the list. He won in 1976.