Buster Posey is an American former professional baseball player who spent his entire twelve-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the San Francisco Giants, from 2009 until his retirement at the conclusion of the 2021 season. His playing position was a catcher. He was selected by the Giants with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft. Posey made his MLB debut on September 11, 2009. As a rookie, he finished with a .305 batting average, 18 home runs, and 67 runs batted in. He caught every inning of the playoffs as the Giants won the 2010 World Series. He won his second World Series in 2012. In 2013, Posey signed a franchise-record eight-year, $167 million contract extension with the Giants. He won his third World Series the following year as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals.
Buster Posey Known For
- Being a former American professional baseball catcher.
- Playing for twelve-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the San Francisco Giants, from 2009 until his retirement at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
Where is Buster Posey From?
Buster Posey was born on 27th March 1987, in Leesburg, Georgia, the USA. He holds American nationality and his ethnicity is American-White. His born name is Gerald Dempsey “Buster” Posey. He celebrated his 35th birthday as of 2022. He is the son of Gerald Dempsey Posey II (father) and Traci Posey (mother). He was the eldest child of his parents and had a sister named Samantha Posey and two brothers named Jess and Jack Posey. He and his family grew up Methodist Christian. Posey has an uncle who is a Methodist minister and an aunt who is a camp minister for Duke University. Posey attended Lee County High School, where he played football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. As a junior at Lee County High School, Posey pitched and played shortstop. In his senior year, he batted .462 with 40 RBIs while setting a school record with 14 home runs. After his senior season, Posey was named the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year, the Louisville Slugger State Player of the Year, an EA Sports All-American, and a Baseball America All-American. He graduated with a 3.94-grade point average in high school, fourth in his class of 302 students. He played college baseball for the Florida State Seminoles under coach Mike Martin. He played shortstop as a freshman at Florida State, starting all 65 games for the Seminoles. He finished his freshman season with a .346 batting average, four home runs, and 48 RBI. As a sophomore, he moved to the catcher position at the suggestion of assistant coach Mike Martin Jr. He batted .382 with three home runs and 65 RBI. During the college offseason, he started at shortstop for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 2006 when they won the Cape Cod Baseball League championship and started at catcher in 2007 when they won another championship.
Buster Posey Baseball Career Timeline (2009-Retirement)
- Buster was drafted in the 50th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
- He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the fifth overall pick.
- On August 16, the Giants signed Posey shortly before the signing deadline for draftees and gave him a $6.2 million signing bonus, the largest up-front bonus in Giants history.
- In 80 games with San Jose, he batted .326 with 63 runs, 95 hits, 23 doubles, 13 home runs, and 58 RBI.
- In 35 games with Fresno, he batted .321 with 21 runs scored, 42 hits, eight doubles, five home runs, and 22 RBI.
San Francisco Giants
- On September 11, 2009, Posey made his MLB debut game against Los Angeles Dodgers and got his first major league hit on September 19 against Jeff Weaver of the Dodgers.
- In 17 at-bats with the Giants in 2009, Posey had two hits.
- He was called up to the major leagues on May 29, 2010, and started at first base against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- He hit his first career grand slam against Chris Narveson of the Milwaukee Brewers on July 7.
- In the NL Division Series (NLDS) against the Braves, Posey batted .375 as the Giants won the series in four games.
- hit his first postseason home run against Darren O’Day in the 4–0 victory, making him the fifth rookie catcher to hit a home run in the World Series. The Giants won the series four games to one, giving Posey (who batted .300 with a home run and two RBI in the Series) his first World Series ring.
- Next, he set season highs with three hits and four RBI on April 6, 2011, including a two-run home run against Tim Stauffer in an 8–4 victory over the Padres.
- After colliding with Scott Cousins, he suffered a fractured fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle, requiring season-ending surgery.
- In 45 games, Posey batted .284 with 17 runs scored, 46 hits, five doubles, four home runs, and 21 RBI.
- He started at catcher during Matt Cain’s perfect game on June 13, 2012.
- He played in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his first, on July 10, going 0–2 with a walk and a run scored.
- Next, he signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Giants prior to the 2013 spring training season..
- On March 29, he agreed to an eight-year contract extension worth $167 million, said by the Giants to be the most lucrative in franchise history.
- He finished his 2013 season with a solid .294 batting average, 15 home runs, and 72 runs batted in and finished the 2014 season with a .311 batting average, 22 home runs, and 89 RBIs.
- On June 9, 2015, Posey caught rookie Chris Heston’s no-hitter against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
- He finished 2015 with a .318 batting average, 19 home runs, and 95 RBIs.
- He was selected by fan voting to start at catcher in the 2016 MLB All-Star Game.
- He finished the 2016 season with a .288 batting average, 14 home runs, and 80 RBIs.
- He ended his 2017 season batting .320/.400/.462 and was also included selection as a catcher on Baseball America’s All-MLB Team at the end of the season.
- He was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game but did not participate due to a hip injury. He ended the season batting .284/.359/.382.
- In 2019, he batted .257/.320/.368 with 43 runs, 7 home runs, and 38 RBIs in 405 at-bats.
- He opted out of playing in the shortened 2020 season, largely due to his ongoing adoption of premature twin girls and the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In 2021, he became the first player in franchise history to catch 1,000 games for the Giants.
- In the 2021 regular season, he batted .304/.390/.499, with his .889 OPS the second-highest of his career, with 68 runs, 18 home runs, and 56 RBIs in 395 at-bats.
- Later, he 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 (minimum of 10 seasons), joining Jim Davenport (1958–1970), Scott Garrelts (1982–1991), Robby Thompson (1986–1996) and former battery mate Matt Cain (2005–2017).
Buster Posey Awards and Achievements
- 7× All-Star (2012, 2013, 2015–2018, 2021)
- 3× World Series champion (2010, 2012, 2014)
- NL MVP (2012)
- All-MLB Second Team (2021)
- NL Rookie of the Year (2010)
- Gold Glove Award (2016)
- 5× Silver Slugger Award (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2021)
- 2× Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award (2015, 2016)
- 2× Fielding Bible Award (2015, 2016)
- NL Hank Aaron Award (2012)
- 2× NL Comeback Player of the Year (2012, 2021)
- NL batting champion (2012)
- Golden Spikes Award (2008)
- Dick Howser Trophy (2008)
- ACC Baseball Player of the Year (2008)
Who is Buster Posey’s Girlfriend-Turned-Wife?
Buster Posey is a married man. He tied a knot with his high school sweetheart, Kristen, on January 10, 2009. The couple met each other in their senior high school year while taking the SATs. They went to the senior prom after Buster requested Kristen and have been dating since then. Buster and Kristen dated for about four years before getting married. They had twins (a son, Lee, and a daughter, Addison) in 2011. They adopted twin girls in 2020. Posey and his family lived in the East Bay during his career. After announcing his retirement, Posey and his wife sold their East Bay home and moved back to their home state of Georgia to be closer to their relatives. The family is enjoying their present life a lot. His sexual orientaiton is straight and he is not gay.
How much is Buster Posey’s Net Worth?
Buster Posey is a former American professional baseball catcher whose net worth is estimated to have $50 million as of 2022. He was signed to Giants with a $167 million, nine-year contract with an average salary of $19,875,000. The contract included a $7,000,000 signing bonus, $159,000,000 guaranteed. In his 2021 season, he was making a base salary of $21,400,000 and total earnings of $22,177,777. He has so far made earnings of $107,615,000 from salary and bonus in MLB. He also owns a house in Lafayette, California, bought for $4.6 million in 2013. He has endorsement deals with various brands and is the brand ambassador of a car company, Toyota. He can be seen in the commercials promoting the brand. He also owns cars; Toyota Highlander and Audi. His main source of wealth is from his baseball career and he is living a lavish lifestyle at present.
What is Buster Posey Height?
Buster Posey is a talented baseballer who stands at a height of 1.85 m with a bodyweight of 97 KG. His body type is athletic. He has a pair of hazel green eyes with dark brown hair. His chest size is 40 in, waist size is 32 in and biceps size is 15 in.
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