With Spring Training in full force, it is exciting to see Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants playing as much as he has thus far. Especially playing the position of catcher after hip surgery which ended his 2018 season early.
By most accounts Buster has looked good to start out the spring, with no visible signs of pain or discomfort. However, now that Buster is in his 30s along with his recent surgery, it’s only natural to wonder how long he will be able to be the Giants’ starting catcher.
He’s definitely got some good years left in him barring any serious injuries, but I think we are all keeping our eye on the man many assume will one day succeed Posey behind the dish. This man, of course, is catcher Joey Bart.
Bart has impressed thus far although with a small sample size. The chances of him getting called up to the majors this year are rather slim, but it’s good to see him doing well in a Giants uniform.
If anyone suspected that Posey may give the young prospect the cold shoulder this spring, it’s clear that the exact opposite is the case.
In a video on the Giants’ YouTube page, you can see Buster being nothing but kind and welcoming to the young Bart. It shows them talking and being very kind to one another, lavishing nothing but praise.
This isn’t all that surprising. We all know that either A. Buster Posey is a really good dude or B. he’s really good at pretending to be a good dude, so we’d expect nothing less from the face of the franchise.
I don’t think we’ll see a Joe Montana/Steve Young or Favre/Rodgers iciness between these two over the next few years.
Whether Bart eventually takes Buster’s position behind the plate or not, I think that Buster accepts and takes seriously his role as a mentor to the younger guys. This is a role that sometimes gets taken for granted. After all, there’s no rule saying Buster has to be a nice guy.
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But, it’s definitely refreshing to see that he’s welcoming to all the new guys no matter what position they may play.