SBN Awards: Buster Posey wins NL Player of the Year

H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY

Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp received down-ballot votes and finished 12th and 21st, respectively.

The final SB Nation awards were announced Thursday, and the battles for player of the year were not particularly close. Buster Posey of the Giants and Mike Trout of the Angels easily took home the honors in the National and American Leagues.

Posey captured 26 of 35 first-place votes to win in the NL, easily outpacing second-place finisher Ryan Braun of the Brewers, who received seven first-place votes.

Clayton Kershaw finished 12th, and received one fourth-place vote. Kemp finished 21st, and the highest vote he received was one seventh-place vote.

Trout received 22 of 26 first-place votes in the AL, while Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers received four. Perhaps the AL triple crown winner can console himself later Thursday afternoon when he is named AL MVP by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The BBWAA awards will be announced on MLB Network in an hour-long special beginning at 3 p.m. PT.

Craig Minami and I voted for the NL player of the year. Here are out ballots.

  • Craig: Posey, McCutchen, Braun, Kershaw, Molina, Wright, Bourn, Headley, Votto, Dickey
  • Me: Posey, Molina, McCutchen, Braun, Wright, Headley, Kershaw, Dickey, Votto, Stanton

Points were awarded on a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Here are the full NL results:

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Buster Posey San Francisco Giants 26 6 3 442
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers 7 16 6 4 2 330
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates 2 7 14 8 3 277
David Wright New York Mets 2 6 5 10 6 2 1 1 204
Chase Headley San Diego Padres 2 13 6 7 3 1 1 190
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals 4 2 2 7 10 5 3 1 189
Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves 2 1 5 7 4 5 90
Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers 1 1 3 5 3 4 48
Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves 1 4 5 4 3 47
Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals 1 2 1 5 1 28
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds 1 1 1 4 25
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers 1 2 1 3 24
Gio Gonzalez Washington Nationals 1 1 2 1 21
Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks 3 4 4 21
Ian Desmond Washington Nationals 2 3 2 19
Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds 1 1 1 14
R.A. Dickey New York Mets 1 1 1 2 14
Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins 1 1 4 11
Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies 1 1 10
Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals 1 1 7
Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers 1 1 6
Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds 1 1 6
Martin Prado Atlanta Braves 1 1 1 6
Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies 1 5
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 1 5
Bryce Harper Washington Nationals 1 1 5
Allen Craig St. Louis Cardinals 1 1 5
Melky Cabrera San Francisco Giants 2 4
Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals 1 2 4
Carlos Beltran St. Louis Cardinals 1 3
Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves 1 2
Alfonso Soriano Chicago Cubs 2 2
Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks 1 1
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