Bleacher Report's Final 2012 NL MVP Rankings

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Bleacher Report's Final 2012 NL MVP Rankings
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Buster Posey leads the NL in batting average and OBP.

All hail Buster Posey. 

Though the race for the National League Most Valuable Player Award still looks to be a close competition between the San Francisco Giants catcher and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, Posey has emerged in the season's final weeks as the best player in the league. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen might make it a three-man race, depending on how much credit voters want to give him for carrying his team into playoff contention; but the Pirates' slide to a below-.500 record and McCutchen's September struggles may have killed that argument.

In our view, the following five players are the leading contenders for NL MVP. These rankings reflect how our final ballot would look (minus five other players, of course) if we had a vote. 

All statistics cited here are current as of Oct. 3.

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