A year off from Major League Baseball has done Buster Posey well. The Giants’ catcher, a former National League MVP and three-time world champion, among other accolades, looks like his old self in the early going this season.
Now at 34 years of age, some thought Posey’s year off might add rust. He opted not to play last season due to the pandemic and his family’s adoption of infant twin girls. He’s roared back, swatting five home runs in the month of April thus far, including a two-run shot in San Francisco’s 12-0 romp over the Rockies at Oracle Park on Monday night.
It’s the first time Posey has hit that many homers in a month since 2017, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Plus, Posey was vintage behind the plate, as well, guiding starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani to his shutout, in which he struck out nine and walked just one, yielding three hits.
But back to Posey at the plate. He’s a fantastic catcher behind the dish, but he’s made his hay as an elite hitter at the position. Here’s footage of his home run, courtesy of Major League Baseball.
If Posey keeps this up, he could be up for another award: Comeback Player of the Year. It’s early though, and most importantly, the Giants are setting the majors ablaze with stellar play from all areas. But it’s no surprise that Posey has a lot to do with that and will likely have to lead the way, as he always seems to do.
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