Posey faces challenge to win NL batting title

Posey faces challenge to win NL batting title

Posey faces challenge to win NL batting title
SAN FRANCISCO -- The numbers indicate that Buster Posey has a chance to win the National League batting title. History suggests that he's a long shot.

During baseball's modern era (since 1900), only three batting champions emerged whose primary position was catcher: Bubbles Hargrave (Cincinnati, 1926), Ernie Lombardi (Cincinnati, 1938; Boston, 1942) and Joe Mauer (Minnesota, 2006, 2008-09).

Catching's grueling nature has virtually eliminated those who wear the tools of ignorance from climbing toward the top of the batting charts.

"It's really, really difficult," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You get beat up pretty good in the games."

The agreement Friday among Major League Baseball, the Players' Association and Melky Cabrera to allow the suspended Giants left fielder to disqualify himself from winning the NL batting title paved the way for Posey to pass Cabrera, who departed Aug. 15 with a .346 average. Entering Friday, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen owned a .339 average, compared to Posey's .335.

Posey skirted a question about his batting-championship prospects.

"Personal achievements and accomplishments are always nice," he said. "But being fortunate enough to win the World Series in 2010, knowing how much fun that was and being able to share it with the guys on the team and the whole city -- ultimately, I know that's why I play the game, because that's where I get the most satisfaction."