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Longtime San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is calling it a career. What does the future Hall of Famer’s retirement mean for the team moving forward?
Buster Posey is on the verge of retirement, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.
The Giants catcher is set to announce his decision on Thursday, ending his heralded career after 13 years and 12 incredible seasons.
It’s the end of an era. But as they say, all good things must come to an end.
What does Buster Posey’s retirement mean for the Giants?
Posey will inevitably give San Francisco another Hall of Famer on their books, likely on the first ballot too.
As for the team, they have an heir apparent all ready to go behind him. No. 2 prospect Joey Bart will have huge shoes to step into, but he’s been preparing for this opportunity for years.
How old is Buster Posey?
Posey will celebrate his 35th birthday on March 27 next year. He made his MLB debut at the age of 22 in 2009 and has been a fixture for the Giants each year since that, except the 2020 season when he opted out during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Buster Posey career stats
The catcher compiled some impressive stats during his career. He finished with 158 home runs, 729 RBI and 23 stolen bases. He batted .302/.372/.460 with an OPS of .889. His average WAR was 5.3, which ranks sixth all-time among catchers.
He was the 2012 NL MVP, the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, a seven-time All-Atar and three-time World Series winner.
Buster Posey career earnings
Per Baseball-Reference, Posey amassed $168,301, 112 in career earnings. He steps away from a $22 million deal for 2022 by retiring.