Yadier Molina finishes 4th in National League MVP voting

Dilip Vishwanat

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina also picked up two first-place and six second-place votes.

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced its pick for the National League's Most Valuable Player today and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey took home the hardware. Another catcher cracked the top five, as Yadier Molina came in at fourth in the balloting. Molina did wrangle two first-place votes from Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com and Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger. He also garnered six second place votes and eight third place votes.

Molina had the best offensive season of his career by far in 2012. He finished with career highs in virtually every offensive category, including his final .315/.373/.501 batting line. His 22 home runs and 76 runs batted in were also career highs for the 29-year-old catcher.

A few other Cardinals also appeared inside the top-30 in vote getters. Outfielder Matt Holliday finished 11th in the voting with 34 points, first baseman and outfielder Allen Craig finished 19th with 10 points and outfielder Carlos Beltran finished 26th with six points in the voting.

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