San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey will announce his retirement from baseball on Thursday, according to a report from The Athletic.
Posey, 34, has played his entire 12-year career in San Francisco, helping the team win three World Series titles, in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He is the only Giants player to play for all three winning teams. of titles. .
The Giants said last month they would exercise Posey’s $ 22 million club option for the 2022 season as long as the veteran catcher wanted to keep playing after a stellar year.
Posey, whose contract includes a $ 3 million starting purchase, helped lead the Giants to a franchise record of 107 wins and their first NL West title since 2012 by playing regularly down the stretch while showing his health. and durability during his twelfth major league season.
He hit .304 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs, showing that his surgically repaired right hip had finally regained full strength three years after the operation. Posey would be one of six players in the divisional era to hit .300 or more in his final major league season, according to research from ESPN Stats & Information.
The 2010 Rookie of the Year and 2012 NL MVP is a .302 hitter for life, making him one of only six receivers in Major League history to start 1,000 games as a catcher. and have a lifetime batting average of .300 or higher (pending inclusion of Negro Leagues stats).
Associated Press contributed to this report.