Buster Posey ready to move on from baseball, says farewell

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Initially, as a young player more than a decade ago, Buster Posey had a tough time understanding how the San Francisco Giants strive to humanize their players, to connect them with a fan base that wants nothing more than to get to know the star athletes they support.

He certainly gets it now. He appreciates his place in leaving lasting memories for families to cherish and pass down, and what he means to connecting a community — and even all those Bay Area dogs out there named Buster and Posey.

Posey offered a heartfelt goodbye to baseball on Thursday following a decorated 12-year career with the Giants during which he won three World Series championships and guided a long list of star pitchers, but also an equally impressive career off the field such as his tireless commitment to pediatric cancer and helping others.

Part of the reason he is walking away now at age 34 after one of his best seasons yet is to spend more time with his four children. And no doubt he will be busy. Posey opted out of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season after he and wife Kristen adopted prematurely born baby girls to join older twins Addison and Lee.

“I think the year off probably did play into the decision a little bit,” Posey said. “I didn’t approach the season and say this is definitely it. ... I can honestly say no, playing the way I did didn't sway me, and I think that's part of the reason that I do feel at peace with my decision.”

The Giants had been prepared to exercise Posey's $22 million club option for 2022 if he wanted to play, but he had an inkling before this record-setting, 107-win Giants season started this could be it.

“I kind of went into this last season feeling like it might be my last,” Posey said. “Just gave myself some space in my mind to be OK with deciding otherwise if I wanted to keep playing and I really just never wavered.”

Now, the Giants must ponder life without Posey behind the plate.

“Is this like a definite, for sure thing?" president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi quipped. "I just had to ask.”

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Janie Mccauley, The Associated Press

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