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Giants add four GIBBYs to postseason awards haul

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Reflecting their status as World Series champions, the Giants had four players recognized as winners in various categories in the GIBBY Awards, which were announced Tuesday.

Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards went to catcher Buster Posey (Comeback Player of the Year), right-hander Sergio Romo (top setup reliever), third baseman Pablo Sandoval (postseason Most Valuable Player) and right-hander Matt Cain (pitching performance of the year).

Major League Baseball's A-listers won 2012 GIBBYs trophies -- the ultimate honors of baseball's awards season -- based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at and the Society for American Baseball Research.

This year's GIBBY Awards featured nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors went to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, defensive player, manager and executive.

GIBBY trophies were also awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from's Must C highlight reels.

Posey, who won the Baseball Writers' Association of America National League MVP Award, overcame extensive left leg injuries sustained in a May 2011 home-plate collision. He hit an NL-high .336 during the regular season, garnished by 24 home runs and 103 RBIs. Of his three postseason homers, two were especially crucial: A grand slam in Game 5 of the NL Division Series at Cincinnati, and a two-run drive in Game 4 of the World Series at Detroit. Posey also was nominated in the Best Hitter and Postseason MVP categories.

Romo's 1.79 regular-season ERA was the fourth best among NL relievers. He also distinguished himself by limiting opponents to a .176 average (9-for-51) with runners in scoring position, allowing nine of 43 inherited runners to score (20.9 percent), yielding two extra-base hits in 54 at-bats against left-handed batters and holding opponents to a .185 average overall. In the postseason, Romo surrendered one run in 10 2/3 innings spanning 10 outings. He saved four games, including three in the World Series. Like Posey, Romo was a postseason MVP nominee.

Sandoval earned World Series MVP honors by batting .500, a performance that featured a record-tying three homers in Game 1. He struck two of those homers off Detroit ace Justin Verlander. Sandoval homered in each of his first three at-bats in that game, which also garnered him a nomination in the Top Postseason Moments category. With 24 hits this October, Sandoval became the franchise's leader for hits in a single postseason and finished one shy of the all-time record.

Cain's 10-0 decision over Houston on June 13 represented the 22nd perfect game in history and the first in the Giants' 129-year existence. It was the 14th no-hitter in franchise annals and the sixth since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958, following Juan Marichal ('63), Gaylord Perry ('68), Ed Halicki ('75), John Montefusco ('76) and Jonathan Sanchez (2009). Cain struck out 14 Astros, matching the record Sandy Koufax established against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965, for most in a perfect game. Cain threw 125 pitches to complete his gem.

Cain, 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA during the regular season, also was a top starting pitcher nominee.

San Francisco Giants, Matt Cain, Buster Posey, Sergio Romo, Pablo Sandoval