Scutaro, Posey among Willie Mac candidates

Scutaro, Posey among Willie Mac candidates

SAN FRANCISCO -- On Friday, the Giants will announce this year's recipient of the Willie Mac Award, given annually to the team's inspirational player. The winner is selected in a vote among manager Bruce Bochy, coaches and players, along with some fan input included.

Two potential candidates stand out:

Second baseman Marco Scutaro, whose professionalism and vast baseball know-how made him a widely respected figure in the clubhouse almost immediately after the Giants acquired him from Colorado in a July 27 trade, and catcher Buster Posey, who overcame the extensive left leg injuries he sustained last year to become a Most Valuable Player Award candidate this season.

Right-hander Matt Cain, the 2009 Willie Mac winner, addressed the award's significance.

"For me, it was really great to have the respect of my teammates," Cain said. "It was just an honor for me to be able to get that award. You felt appreciated before, but when something like that happens, you know the feeling that the guys have for you and that they have your back."

The award is named for Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey, who was renowned for his character and class during his Major League career.