On Thursday afternoon, Buster Posey was named the Most Valuable Player in the National League. This came as a stunning surprise to almost nobody.

Probably not even to Posey. He claimed to be grasping for his thoughts upon hearing the news, but then made an acceptance speech worthy of a seasoned politician.

"It's tough to put into words," Posey said when asked for his emotions after hearing the news. "I think it's an accomplishment that is shared with the whole Giants organization. It's a great place to come and play ball every day. I couldn't be more honored to have my name alongside the previous winners."

He carries himself with such maturity, we often forget how young he is. At age 25, Posey becomes the sixth-youngest National League player to win the MVP -- behind only Johnny Bench (22), Stan Musial (22), Willie Mays (23), Hank Aaron (23) and Paul Waner (24).

That is a fairly impressive list. All five of those men eventually reached the Hall of Fame. All five showed not just uncommon talent, but uncommon baseball instincts and maturity at an early age. Likewise, Posey has always been an old pro in a young pro's body.

Here's what I mean: Posey may have won Thursday's award for his play in 2012. But he began winning it from the moment he was drafted in the first round out of Florida State in 2008. In fact, as I watched this Giants season unfurl, with the way Posey upped his game to take charge of things after

the drug suspension of Melky Cabrera in mid-August, it simply certified the opinion I developed the first time I saw him.