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Former manager, Hall of Famer react to Buster Posey’s retirement

Former manager, Hall of Famer react to Buster Posey’s retirement

  • Giants
Nov 05
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

Long-time San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey announced his retirement from professional baseball on Thursday at Oracle Park.

“It’s probably something early in my career that I thought was a waste of time,” Posey said. “And I didn’t understand it. But as the years have passed I’ve realized just how impactful that can be. If it impacts one person in a positive way it’s worth your time.

“I’m sure there are kids out there today who have watched me play my entire career. They actually might be adults now,” Posey added. “There’s parents and there’s grandparents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins that can still remember exactly where they were when Edgar Renteria hit the game-winning homer in Texas that led the 2010 San Francisco Giants to their first World Series title.”

Former Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who witnessed first-hand Posey’s development since he was a rookie at 23 years old en route to a World Series title in 2010, was confident he has already locked his position in the Hall of Fame conversation.

“His body of work, nobody impacted the game this past decade more than Buster on both sides of the ball,” Bochy said after Posey’s retirement announcement. “Being a catcher, handling a staff, winning three world championships and what he did offensively. And that’s how I look at a guy that goes into the Hall of Fame. That’s how much he impacted the game.”

Meanwhile, Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench also gave nothing but praise for the 34-year-old.

“Say it ain’t so!” Bench said in a tweet. “I respect him so much for walking away to be with his family. One of the best signal callers to handle a pitching staff I’ve ever seen. It’s been 13 years since he won my Catchers Award, he’s an award winner again. What a career! Happy retirement Buster Posey.”

Posey said he wanted to spend more time with his young family, and it had become more challenging physically for him due to several major injuries he endured during his playing days.

“The reason I’m retiring is I want to be able to do more stuff from February to November with my family,” he said. “Physically, it’s much harder now. It’s hard to enjoy it as much when there’s physical pain you’re dealing with on a daily basis. I halfway joke with our training staff about being done five years ago, but I don’t know how far of a stretch that’s really off.”

Posey had an illustrious career with the Giants, where he spent 12 seasons since his debut back in 2009 and helped bring three World Series titles back to San Francisco.

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