American professional baseball player Buster Posey competes for the ‘San Francisco Giants.’ His father, a former professional baseball player, gave him that moniker. He played shortstop for the Florida State Seminoles throughout his undergraduate career as a freshman, then catcher as a sophomore. He began playing shortstop for the ‘Yamouth Dennis Red Sox’ while still a college student and then switched to catcher for the squad. The San Francisco Giants selected him in the first round, sent him to their Class A Advanced affiliate to compete in the California League, and within a year, advanced him to the Class AAA Fresno Grizzlies. He replaced “Bengie Molina” in a game against the “Los Angeles Dodgers,” making his major league debut. Posey has participated in six “All-Star” contests and three “World Series Championships” while batting.307, hitting 133 home runs, and driving in 634 runs. Throughout his career, he has received a “Gold Glove” award and four “Silver Slugger” honors. He has twins and is wed to Kristen.
Early Childhood & Life
Gerald Posey III, the son of Gerald and Traci Dempsey, was born Buster Posey on March 27, 1987 in Leesburg, Georgia, United States. The oldest of four kids, he is. He participated in baseball, basketball, football, and soccer while attending Lee County High School to study.
His primary sport was baseball, and he played shortstop and pitcher for his high school squad. He was a top player for the squad and set records for runs batted in (RBI) and batting average. He also established a school record during his final year with 14 home runs. In his final year, he received several awards, including “Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year,” “Louisville Slugger State Player of the Year,” “EA Sports All-American,” and “Baseball America All-American.”
He was a smart student who finished fourth out of 302 classmates. Despite being selected by the “Los Angeles Angeles,” he opted to continue his education rather than play baseball professionally.
He was a freshman shortstop for the “Florida State Seminoles” throughout his college career. As a sophomore, he switched to catcher and was named runner-up for the “Johnny Bench Award” for catching. He received it during his senior year of college. At the conclusion of his senior year, he was also given the “Dick Howser Trophy” and “Golden Spike Award.”
He began playing shortstop for the Yamouth Dennis Red Sox while still a college student and won the Cape Cod Baseball League. Later, he began to catch for the team. He was rated as the best catcher for the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by Baseball America.
The Career of Buster Posey
He was selected in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, who then assigned him to their Class A Advanced affiliate to compete in the California League. Within a year, he received a promotion to the Fresno Grizzlies of the Giants’ Class AAA franchise to play in the Pacific Coast League.
In a game against the ‘Los Angeles Dodgers,’ in September 2009, he made his major league debut by taking Bengie Molina’s place. By the end of the year, he was considered one of the San Francisco Giants’ top prospects.
He faced Aaron Harang of the “Cincinnati Reds” and hit his first home run in the major league against him. In 2010, he was hired as the Giants’ starting catcher. That year, he blasted his first grand slam against the Milwaukee Brewers, earning himself the job of his team’s cleanup hitter. He was selected as the catcher for the “Baseball America All-Rookie Team” and was named “National League Rookie of the Year.”
Posey needed surgery and missed most of the 2011 season after colliding with Scott Cousins of the “Florida Marlins” and suffering an injury. Midway through 2012, he made a comeback to the field to take part in the “Major League Baseball All-Star Game.” At the conclusion of the season, the “Baseball Writers Association of America” awarded him the “National League Most Valuable Player.”
His batting performance declined in 2013, but he made up for it the next year by hitting a grand slam against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hit a second grand slam against the ‘Los Angeles Dodgers’ in 2015, becoming the first catcher for the ‘San Francisco Giants’ to accomplish the feat in 112 years while also stealing a base. That year, he also received the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year and Silver Slugger awards from the National League.
In 2016, he was chosen to take the field at catcher for his fourth MLB All-Star Game. That year, he received his first “Gold Glove Award.”
He took a pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Taijuan Walker that struck him in the helmet during the first inning of San Francisco’s 2017 home opener. After receiving medical attention, he seemed well, but out of caution, he was put on the concussion disabled list for one week. He nevertheless maintained his form and was chosen as the starting catcher for the third straight MLB All-Star Game.
Despite being selected for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, he was unable to participate because of a hip ailment for which he required surgery.
Recognition & Achievements
He received the Golden Spike and Dick Howser Trophy in 2008.
He received the “NL Rookie of the Year” title in 2010.
He received the “Hank Aaron Award,” “Batting Champion,” and “Comeback Player of the Year Award” that year in addition to being named the “NL MVP 2012”.
In the course of his career, Posey has garnered four “Silver Slugger Awards” and a “Gold Glove Award.”
Individual Life of Buster Posey
He wed Kristen, his high school sweetheart, in January 2009. In 2011, the couple gave birth to twins. When he’s not playing baseball, he spends time in his home in Georgia and spends the baseball season living with his family in East Bay.
Fact After Buster Posey was hurt in a collision while playing catcher, the “Buster Posey Rule,” which prohibits runners from deviating from their path to the plate in order to make contact with a catcher, was put into place.
One of the richest contracts in baseball history is considered to be his $167 million, eight-year extension deal with the “Giants.”
Estimated Net Worth of Buster Posey
The estimated net worth of Buster Posey is around $1 million.