Why the news of Posey’s retirement shouldn’t come as a total surprise originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SAN FRANCISCO – Buster Posey will enter the Hall of Fame in five years as a wide receiver, the best of his generation and one of the most accomplished in MLB history, which is why it was so strange that Posey had spent so much of his career with the Giants answer questions about when he might move to another job.
The man who’s already played all nine positions in a game at Florida State was a natural at first base, and he certainly had the speed and the arm, even in his final season, to handle the other corner of the infield. But anyone who has ever wondered whether stepping away from the plate would prolong Posey’s career and lead to even more prolific offensive production was wondering the wrong question.
It was never a question of how long Posey would catch. The real question was how long he would play baseball.
Posey, who goes announce retirement Thursday morning, has the gifts to do just about anything he wants in life, but over the years he has left no doubt about his priorities. He loves baseball and could play just about any role in it on or off the field, but two years ago, when he suffered his second concussion, he spoke openly about what’s going on. ‘waited for the rest of his life.
Posey has spoken to specialists and researched brain damage, and while awaiting his return to the field, he spoke about what was most important to him in all of his future decisions.
“I really appreciate who I am and will be as a husband and father, first and foremost,” he said at the time.
At the time, Buster and Kristen Posey were raising energetic twins, Lee and Addison, who had started to become regulars at the stadium. A year later, the family adopts Ada and Livvi, twins born prematurely. Posey made the decision to step aside from the shortened season played during a pandemic, and while he said it was going to be tough not being with his teammates and baseball, he didn’t think the final decision was hard.
“From a baseball perspective, it was a tough decision,” Posey said last year. “From a family perspective and feeling like I’m making the decision to protect the kids, our kids, I think it was relatively easy.”
This has been a defining theme in Posey’s life for the past decade, as has the ability to line up a fastball, guide a pitcher for nine innings, or lead an entire organization during the playoffs. He’s always put his family first, and seen through this story, it’s really no surprise that the 34-year-old is retiring while playing some of his best baseballs.
The final season will go down as one of the best farewell tours in MLB history. Posey hit .304 with 18 home runs and made his seventh all-star team. He touched the heart of the roster and caught 106 games for the best regular season team in franchise history. In the playoffs, Posey went 6 for 20 and almost became the first right-handed hitter to record a splash hit at Oracle Park.
In his 12th season, Posey made as much of an impact as any player on the pitch in an unprecedented streak between a 107-win squad and a 106-win squad, and in the end he’s entered the canoe at home to speak to reporters.
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At the time, it seemed almost certain that Posey would return in 2022 to continue pushing for his fourth ring, but if you look back on that last press session, it’s not hard to see a roadmap for the announcement coming soon.
When asked if this looked like the start of another series of playoff appearances, Posey spoke about how the team he has led since joining in 2010 are ready to build around Logan Webb, 24. years. He said he would have no regrets about the NLDS because he had always hoped to one day face the Dodgers in the playoffs and he was delighted that he finally had the opportunity.
When the conversation turned to his future, Posey didn’t say he hoped to sign a multi-year deal or that the Giants would claw back his $ 22 million option. He said he was going to go home and talk to his wife about their future, but made it clear that he was excited about what was to come.
“I will be able to be a full-time dad of four for the first time in a long time,” he said.