When San Francisco Giants legend Buster Posey announced his retirement from baseball on Thursday, it was clear that he wouldn’t be shifting over to a big role with the organization, as some people had speculated. While many fans hoped that Posey would transition into a coaching role, he made it clear he wouldn’t.
Posey said he was retiring to have more time with his family, and would be moving back to Georgia, where he and his wife Kristen are from, and where much of their family still lives. Something as involved as a coach or a high-ranking front office member was clearly off the table.
But Posey did say he wants to remain involved — while kind of avoiding any potential timeline — and that he didn’t yet know the capacity.
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi provided a little more clarity, and it looks like a new role for Posey is imminent.
Shea quotes Zaidi, who met with the media following the presser, as saying, “We’re working on an arrangement to keep Buster in the organization. If he wants to remain connected to the organization, obviously it’s really important to us. Hopefully we can iron out those details in the next few days.”
Shea also reported that Zaidi said an announcement on Posey’s next role could come next week, and that the Giants are speaking with the league about the details of Posey’s $3 million buyout, which suggests that perhaps the team would like to thank Posey by paying him that sum.
An advisory role — something Bruce Bochy currently has — certainly would seem to be the obvious bet for Posey. That’s pretty vague though, and could go in any direction, with Posey advising on baseball decisions, helping with prospect development, or even just working on community engagement and philanthropy. Only time will tell.
Either way, Posey remains a Giant, and not just in our hearts.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
So the Giants are absolutely screwed when it comes to the Dodgers, and they will be for years (July 28, 2017 — Grant Brisbee)
How many days until pitchers and catchers report?
Giants pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in 103 days.
Have a lovely Saturday, one and all.