Only two previous catchers have led the National League in batting average in a season and one of them, Cincinnati's Ernie Lombardi, was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 1938 after hitting .342.

Lombardi also topped the league in 1942 for Boston and catcher Bubbles Hargrave led in batting average with Cincinnati in 1926 but other players were voted MVP in those years.

Now that Buster Posey of San Francisco has become the first catcher in 70 years to win a batting title in the league, he has a chance to become only the fifth man to win the league MVP as a catcher and first to win since Cincinnati's Johnny Bench garnered his second MVP award in 1972.

Bench won two, Brooklyn's Roy Campanella won three and Cardinals catcher Bob O'Farrell was the MVP in 1926 when the franchise won its first World Series title, in addition to Lombardi's winning the MVP in 1938.

So the rarity of Posey winning would be significant, as it would be for the Cardinals' Yadier Molina, who also is on the list of the five top vote getters in the Baseball Writers' Association of American balloting, as released on the MLB Network last week.