62 Facts About Buster Posey


Gerald Dempsey "Buster" Posey III was born on March 27,1987 and is an American former professional baseball catcher.

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Buster Posey played four sports in high school; in baseball, he excelled at hitting and pitching.

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Buster Posey attended Florida State University, where he began playing the catcher and first base positions.

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Buster Posey won the Golden Spikes Award and the Brooks Wallace Award in 2008.

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Buster Posey was selected by the Giants with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft.

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Buster Posey caught every inning of the playoffs as the Giants won the 2010 World Series.

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Buster Posey returned from his injury in 2012 and posted perhaps one of the greatest individual comeback season in sports history.

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Buster Posey won his second World Series that year, as the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in four games.

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In 2013, Buster Posey signed a franchise-record eight-year, $167 million contract extension with the Giants.

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Buster Posey won his third World Series the following year as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals.

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Buster Posey is the second player in Major League history after Pete Rose to win the Rookie of the Year, a League MVP, and three World Series championships.

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Buster Posey played in four no-hitters in his career, catching three of them.

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Oldest of four children, Buster Posey was born to Demp and Tracy Buster Posey on March 27,1987, in Leesburg, Georgia.

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Buster Posey has an uncle who is a Methodist minister and an aunt who is a camp minister for Duke University.

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Buster Posey played football, soccer, and basketball growing up, but baseball was his main sport.

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Buster Posey played college baseball for the Florida State Seminoles under coach Mike Martin.

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Buster Posey played shortstop as a freshman at Florida State, starting all 65 games for the Seminoles.

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Buster Posey was considered by Baseball America to be the best catcher available in the 2008 MLB draft.

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Buster Posey was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the fifth overall pick.

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On September 11,2009, Buster Posey made his MLB debut, striking out in his first at bat against Hiroki Kuroda of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Buster Posey was called up to the major leagues on May 29,2010, and started at first base against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Buster Posey drove in the first runs of his major league career, going three for four with three RBI.

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Buster Posey was named the NL Rookie of the Year; Buster Posey had 20 first place votes while Heyward, of the Atlanta Braves, finished second with nine.

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Buster Posey was the sixth catcher in NL history to win the award.

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Buster Posey was named by his peers as the NL Players Choice Awards Outstanding Rookie.

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Buster Posey was named the catcher on Baseball Americas All-Rookie Team and the 2010 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.

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Buster Posey caught every inning of the playoffs for the Giants.

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Buster Posey suffered a fractured fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle, requiring season-ending surgery.

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Buster Posey started at catcher during Matt Cain's perfect game on June 13,2012, the 22nd in major league history.

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In 148 games, Buster Posey had 78 runs scored, 178 hits, 39 doubles, 24 home runs, and 103 RBI.

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Buster Posey became only the second San Francisco Giant to win the batting title, following Barry Bonds in 2002 and 2004.

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Buster Posey became just the third catcher in MLB history to hit a grand slam in the playoffs, along with Berra and Eddie Perez.

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Buster Posey completed a strikeout-throw out double play at third base in the sixth inning to help preserve the victory.

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Buster Posey hit a two-run home run against Max Scherzer in Game 4 of the World Series as the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers, giving Posey his second World Series championship.

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Buster Posey won the Silver Slugger Award for the catcher position.

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Buster Posey won the NL Hank Aaron Award, and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers won the American League award, marking the first time in history that World Series opponents won the award in the same year.

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Buster Posey was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year, and he received the Willie Mac Award from the Giants' organization.

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Eligible for salary arbitration for the first time, Buster Posey signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Giants prior to the 2013 spring training season.

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The contract wiped out three arbitration years and five years of free agency for Buster Posey, locking in his services through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022.

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On July 1,2013, Buster Posey was named National League Player of the Week for the week of June 23 – 29.

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On July 13,2013, Buster Posey caught Tim Lincecum's first no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.

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On July 16,2013, Buster Posey played in his second straight All-Star Game, striking out in his only at-bat.

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Buster Posey's offense regressed in 2013 following his 2012 MVP season, especially in the second half of the season where he hit just 3 home runs.

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Buster Posey caught Santiago Casilla's immaculate inning save in May 2015 against the Cincinnati Reds, the first time that the Giants had struck out all three opposing batters in an inning on nine pitches since Trevor Wilson accomplished the feat in 1992.

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On June 9,2015, Buster Posey caught rookie Chris Heston's no-hitter against the New York Mets at Citi Field, including the final out, a strikeout.

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On July 5,2015, Buster Posey was selected to his third career All-Star Game and was number one in voting for NL catchers.

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On November 11,2015, Buster Posey was named winner of the 2015 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award, given to the best defensive catcher in MLB.

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The following day, Buster Posey was named winner of the 2015 National League Silver Slugger award at catcher.

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Buster Posey was selected by fan voting to start at catcher in the 2016 MLB All Star Game, Buster Posey's fourth career MLB All-Star Game, the most all-time by a Giants catcher in franchise history.

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Buster Posey was the catcher for battery mate Johnny Cueto, the second battery mate he started and caught for in the Midsummer Classic after teammate Matt Cain in 2012.

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Buster Posey is highly regarded for handling his pitching staff as well as pitch framing.

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Buster Posey was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list the next day.

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End of season awards for Buster Posey included selection as catcher on Baseball America All-MLB Team.

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Buster Posey opted out of playing in the shortened 2020 season, largely due to his ongoing adoption of premature twin girls and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Buster Posey became the longest-tenured member of the Giants when he returned.

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Buster Posey became the first player in franchise history to catch 1,000 games for the Giants.

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Buster Posey was an NL All Star; it was his 7th time as an All Star.

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Buster Posey received the NL Silver Slugger award at catcher, his fifth overall Silver Slugger and his first since 2016, along with his second NL Comeback Player of the Year award.

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Buster Posey announced his retirement from baseball on November 4,2021, making him just the fifth player in the San Francisco era to spend his entire career with the Giants, joining Jim Davenport, Scott Garrelts, Robby Thompson and former battery mate Matt Cain.

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On September 21,2022, the Giants announced that Buster Posey had joined the 30-member ownership group of the Giants and will serve on its board of directors.

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Buster Posey married his high school sweetheart, Kristen, on January 10,2009.

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Buster Posey is a Christian and served as the baseball chapel representative for the Giants.

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