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San Francisco Giants: 10 best catchers in franchise history

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 14: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after he scored on a Brandon Crawford two-run rbi double against the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 14: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after he scored on a Brandon Crawford two-run rbi double against the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 05: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants looks on against the Tampa Bay Rays in the top of the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Oracle Park on April 5, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

1. Buster Posey (2009-Present)

Stats: 131 OPS+, .305/.374/.463, 1,291 H, 134 HR, 640 RBI, 556 R
WAR: 41.6 rWAR/51.6 fWAR
Accolades: 1x MVP, 6x All-Star, 4x Silver Slugger, 1x Gold Glove
WS Titles: 3

There are going to be some tough choices to make over the course of this series.

This was not one of them.

Posey was the No. 5 pick in the 2008 draft after a standout career at Florida State, and he made his MLB debut a little over a year later.

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He then took over as the team’s starting catcher in 2010 and won NL Rookie of the Year honors while helping lead the team to a World Series title.

That was the first of three rings Posey won, with the other two coming with him as the full-blown face of the franchise.

Posey is a career .305 hitter who won a batting title in 2012 when he hit .336/.408/.549 with 24 home runs and 103 RBI—both career-highs—on his way to NL MVP honors.

While his power his dried up a bit in recent seasons, he’s not all that far removed from hitting .320 and winning Silver Slugger honors in 2017.

With three years left on his contract after the 2019 season, he has time to further add to his legacy in San Francisco. As it stands, he’s already the best catcher in franchise history, and one of the best backstops of his era.

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All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.

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