A fixture in the Bay Area with the San Francisco Giants over the past 13 years, Buster Posey will go down as one of the great catchers in Major League Baseball History.
It is also expected that the 34-year-old back stop will announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday.
Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports that Posey will hold a press conference to announce that he’s stepping away from the diamond after one the greatest professional careers of the modern era.
Buster Posey retires as an all-time great
The No. 5 overall pick of the Giants back in 2008, Posey was always seemingly destined for stardom in the bigs. He was a legit star with the Florida State Seminoles in college after opting to forgo the 2005 MLB Draft when the Los Angeles Angeles selected him in the fifth round.
Called up within a year of being selected, Posey earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. The rest is pretty much history. He helped the dynastic Giants to three World Series titles in a five-year span from 2010-2014. And from an individual perspective, was dominant at both the plate and behind it.
The catcher hit .302 throughout his career while boasting an elite .831 OPS during that time. He earned seven All-Star nods, a Gold Glove and won the National League MVP back in 2012 when the Georgia native hit a league-best .336 with 24 homers and 103 RBI en route to leading the Giants to their second title in three years.
We’ll hear a lot more about Buster Posey and his surprising retirement as the week moves on. But for now, one of the greatest to ever suit up in San Francisco is leaving the franchise behind.