SAN FRANCISCO – One of the most decorated players in Giants history and the anchor of three World Series championship teams will announce his retirement.
Catcher Buster Posey, 34, plans to officially retire from baseball Thursday after spending portions of 12 seasons in a Giants uniform, according to a report by The Athletic.
Posey, seven-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, two-time National League Comeback Player of the Year Award winner and 2012 NL MVP, is expected to discuss his decision in detail on Thursday in San Francisco.
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In the minutes following the Giants Game 5’s NLDS loss to the Dodgers last month, Posey indicated that he wasn’t sure he wanted to continue playing. He said he and his wife Kristen would be talking about his future in baseball in the coming days, as Posey has repeated many times that his first priority before baseball is taking care of his family.
« I’m definitely going to be taking some time with my wife and talking to her, and I’m going to be a full-time dad of four for the first time in a while, » Posey said. « Just take it slow and see how things work out. »
At the team’s end-of-season press conference in October, Giants President Farhan Zaidi and manager Gabe Kapler spoke confidently about their desire for Posey to remain an integral part of the club’s roster. The Giants had a $ 22 million club option for Posey for the 2022 season, which the team should exercise by the Sunday deadline, but Posey’s decision will make the option irrelevant.
« Of course we want to have discussions with Buster and continue to have internal discussions, but having him on this team next year is a high priority, » said Zaidi.
The Giants are in a better position to explain Posey’s exit than they were in 2020, when the franchise cornerstone suspended the shortened season to protect the health and safety of its adopted newborn identical twins.
At the time, Posey’s heir, Joey Bart’s No. 2 overall draft in 2018, had yet to play a triple-A game and was prematurely pushed into Major League games. Bart spent most of the 2021 season with Triple-A Sacramento, and several people within the organization believe he will be able to take on a prominent role as soon as the opening day in 2022.
Posey has suffered several significant injuries over the course of his career, which often led the catcher to reflect on his life after baseball.
Posey sustained his first serious injury in May 2011 when he tore his fibula and torn ligament in his ankle after a devastating collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins. That injury forced Posey to miss the rest of the season, but he returned to the Giants in 2012 and won a hit title by hitting 0.336 while setting career highs with 24 home runs and a 0.957 OPS.
In August 2018, Posey underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip that had weakened his strength and made catching a more difficult task. With no healthy winter to prepare for a 162-game season, Posey hit a career low in 2019 with an average of 0.257 and an OPS of 0.688.
After Posey decided to suspend the 2020 season at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there was widespread uncertainty about whether he could return to the form he had shown in the prime of his career and an effective two- Might be way gamblers for the Giants.
With a home run in Seattle on opening night against the Mariners, Posey embarked on a notable comeback tour by hitting 18 homers, stabilizing one of the league’s top pitching stabs, and as the leader on and off the field for a Giants- Team served, which set a franchise record with 107 wins.
Posey will end his career with a batting average of 0.302, 158 home runs and three World Series titles while anchoring the 2010, 2012 and 2014 championship teams for a franchise that has not had a trophy since moving to San Francisco in 1958 had hoisted.
After Posey posted a 3.5 bWAR in 2021, he will likely win his fifth Silver Slugger Award in his career and leave the game with an impressive Hall of Fame resume. Posey may be the only player to have won all three World Series titles with San Francisco anchored in Cooperstown, but it will be five years before one of the greatest players in the history of the Giants franchise is in the Hall of Fame- Voice lands.
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