Former MVP rediscovers his form in 2021
He’s 34 and not playing as much as in his prime but Buster Posey is increasingly resembling the All-Star the San Francisco Giants faithful have come to know and love.
Indeed, the 2012 NL MVP and 2010 Rookie of the Year is in the midst of a Renaissance year and has been a major cog in the Giants’ ascent to the top of the NL West standings, ahead of their more vaunted rivals in Los Angeles and San Diego.
As of mid-June, the Georgia native was batting .337 with 12 home runs (his first double-digit homer total since 2017), 26 RBIs, a .411 on-base percentage and an OPS of .996. He’s also hitting in the clutch, bashing game-turning homers in recent games against the Diamondbacks, Nationals and the hated Dodgers. And he’s still a master defensively and at calling pitches, the Giants’ team ERA of 3.2 being a testament to that.
Of course, he’s played in only 47 of the Giants’ 68 games so far in 2021, which is not only a concession to his age but also an effort to keep him fresh for what is shaping up to be a long postseason run in the Bay Area. If he keeps producing at this rate, he’ll likely wind up in the MVP conversation once again.
Posey and the Giants can be seen in action Saturday, July 17, when they square off against the St. Louis Cardinals in a regional contest airing on Fox. And depending on balloting, he may also be on the field at Denver’s Coors Field as a member of the National League squad in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, also airing on Fox on Tuesday, July 13.
Full name: Gerald Dempsey “Buster” Posey III
Birth date: March 27, 1987
Birthplace: Leesburg, Ga.
Height/weight: 6 feet 1 inch/210 pounds
Teams: San Francisco Giants (2009-present)
Honors and achievements: Six-time NL All-Star; three-time World Series champion; NL MVP (2012); NL batting champion (2012); NL Rookie of the Year (2010); Gold Glove Award (2016); NL Comeback Player of the Year Award (2012); four-time Silver Slugger Award winner