SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The newest "face of MLB" wore a day-old beard and a mildly amused expression as he discussed his latest honor Thursday morning.
Giants catcher Buster Posey emerged victorious in MLB Network's "Face of MLB" competition, which was determined by a widespread fan vote. The Network announced Thursday that Posey beat out Mets third baseman David Wright, baseball's reigning "face," in the finals.
Posey has won the National League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards, made two All-Star teams and captured three World Series titles in five years with the Giants. So being recognized for his wholesome visage instead of his singular performance was a little different for him. But he welcomed the recognition he received from fans who cast their online ballots on Twitter and Facebook.
"Anytime, no matter what it is, when the fans vote, it's cool for the players to get fan votes," said Posey, who turns 28 next month.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.