Something was not right in San Francisco over the past few days with Giants catcher Buster Posey away from the team. It led to speculation that the six-time All-Star might opt out of the 2020 season or retire altogether.
We now have an answer.
Posey met with the media in Northern California Friday morning and announced his decision to opt out of the 2020 season. He becomes the 10th player to opt out.
According to reports, Posey and his wife recently adopted twin girls who were born prematurely. The safety of his children is Posey's No. 1 concern as the pandemic continues to surge across the U.S.
Prior to Posey announcing his decision, the Dodgers' David Price had been the biggest-name player to opt out of the 60-game season due to concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Posey’s stats have been on the decline in recent years, but the 2012 NL MVP is still a darn good player. In 2012, Posey hit .336 with 24 homers, 106 RBIs and a .957 OPS en route to earning MVP honors. Those were all career-highs for the former top-five pick.
Since then, it has been a gradual decline for Posey. He hit .257 with seven homers, 38 RBI and a .688 OPS for the Giants last season, limited to 114 games.
In no way does this mean Posey has not been valuable to the Giants. He is a steady presence, both behind the plate and in the locker room. It’s a major loss for San Francisco.
In Posey’s place, former No. 2 overall pick Joey Bart will likely take over the regular catching duties.