NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 9-Buster Posey
Buster Posey is one of the best players in franchise history and he is arguably one of the most impactful Giants ever.
You can look at all of the accolades–six-time All-Star, 2012 National League Most Valuable Player, 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, 2016 Gold Glove, four-time Silver Slugger awards, 2012 Hank Aaron award, 2012 Comeback Player of the Year, and the 2012 NL batting champion.
But, he means more than just the awards. He has been the primary Giants backstop for nine of the last ten seasons, and I don’t think people appreciate how rare that is, especially today. Other than Yadier Molina, there isn’t any active players in the league that have been the starting catcher for one team for such a long period of time.
Then the three World Series titles are obviously the highlights of his career and he was a huge part of why the Giants were able to win three titles in a six-year span.
In 2010 when he was only a rookie, he recorded at least one hit in 11 of his team’s 15 postseason games en route to his first championship.
In 2012, he recorded at least one hit in 10 of the Giants’ 16 postseason games. Then, in their third World Series run, Posey got a hit in 12 of San Francisco’s 17 postseason games.
The theme there is just how consistent he was on offense in the games that matter most, and then add the fact that he had to communicate with and carry the pitching staff through all three of those Octobers.
Then we can really measure his greatness when you realize how good of a guy he is. Unfortunately for Giants fans he has decided to sit out the 2020 season due to the birth of his two newly adopted girls, but it shows how committed he is to his family and baseball–and that is what a true leader is.
Buster Posey is going to go down as one of the best Giants and catchers to ever play the game and that’s why he is No. 9 in my top 30.