March 11, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida State standout Buster Posey is one of 12 semifinalists in the running for the 79th Annual James E. Sullivan Award as presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
Posey wrapped up his junior season in 2008 as arguably the most decorated player ever to come out of Florida State. The Leesburg, Ga., native won every major Player of the Year award in 2008 claiming the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy and Brooks Wallace Award while capturing the Johnny Bench Award given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher. He was also named Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and Rivals.com. Posey added Most Outstanding Player of the Tallahassee Regional to his list of accolades after hitting .474 (9-for-19) with five home runs and 13 RBI in leading Florida State back to the College World Series for the first time since 2000.
The consensus first team All-American finished the season as the national leader in six offensive categories including batting average, hits, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Posey became just the fourth student-athlete in Atlantic Coast Conference history to capture baseball’s version of the triple crown as he finished the season leading the league in batting average (.463), home runs (26) and RBI (93).
Posey was honored for his stellar work behind the plate claiming the Rawlings Gold Glove Award as he posted a .983 fielding percentage in 62 starts. He closed out the 2008 campaign throwing out 40.7 percent of would be base stealers while registering six pick offs. Posey committed just eight errors on the year closing out the season with a 12-game errorless streak. He had just four errors over his last 62 games.
The 79th James E. Sullivan Award will be presented on April 15, 2009 at the New York Athletic Club. The AAU will present this prestigious award to the outstanding amateur athlete for 2008 based on athletic accomplishments, leadership skills, character, and sportsmanship. Fans are encouraged to submit their vote on line at the address listed Vote for Buster Posey here!
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