LOS ANGELES -- Buster Posey was 0 for 2 before being lifted in the fourth inning of Wednesday's season finale, but he did more than enough this season to wrap up the National League batting title.
Posey finished the year with a .336 average, easily outdistancing Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who finished at .327. Posey is the seventh Giants player to win the batting title and first since Barry Bonds did it in 2004.
Posey is the first catcher to win the National League batting title since Ernie Lombardi in 1942.
"It's incredible," manager Bruce Bochy said before Wednesday's game. "What he's accomplished, for a catcher to win the batting title is impressive. To come off a devastating injury and to bounce back and not just have a good year but win a batting title is truly amazing.
"I couldn't be happier for him. My hope is that he will win the MVP."
Melky Cabrera hit in front of Posey for much of the season and was hitting .346 when he was suspended for use of a banned substance. Cabrera pulled his name out of consideration for the batting title, setting up a battle between Posey and McCutchen. The Giants' catcher ran away with the crown.
Posey finished with a .408 on-base percentage, hit 24 home runs and drove in 103 runs. He has been on a tear since the All-Star break, leading the Giants to the division title and vaulting himself to the forefront of the MVP race.
Bochy said he only expected
"He's exceeded those expectations quite a bit," Bochy said. "He toed the line every day. We thought we'd have to handle him with kid gloves but he's just responded so well."