San Francisco Giants fans know all about the incredible talent of three-time World Series champion, catcher Buster Posey. But manager Gabe Kapler is just getting up to speed.
That’s in large part because Posey opted out of the 2020 campaign due to the ongoing pandemic. It was Kapler’s first year as manager in San Francisco, so he’s just now realizing how special Posey is.
Plus, Posey is making his talent more obvious than usual lately. He had his most productive April from the plate in years, and he’s continued his hot hitting in May. During Friday’s 5-4 win against the Padres, Posey hit an opposite field home run, his eighth round-trip of the season, and registered two runs scored, two RBI and two walks.
As the TV crew on NBC Sports Bay Area says in the clip, Posey doesn’t hit many home runs to that spot. He’s definitely dialed in at the plate.
And he’s maintained his prowess from behind the plate on defense as the team’s primary catcher, too. Here’ part of what Kapler had to say after Friday’s win.
“What Buster is doing is starting to get really, really impressive,” Kapler said. “Not that it wasn’t before, but just to see it continue day after day. The at-bat quality is outstanding. He’s driving the ball line-to-line, seeing the ball really well. Wow.”San Francisco Chronicle
“Wow,” indeed, coach.
In another “wow,” The Giants had the best record in the National League as games came to a close on Friday, with an 19-13 mark. They’re just 2.5 games ahead of the Padres, however, with two more head-to-head matchups with San Diego slated for Mother’s Day weekend.
The Giants will look to hold off the favorited Padres and the talented Dodgers, too, for the 2021 division crown, and with Posey, now 34 years of age, in prime form, they’ve got a fantastic shot to do just that, as Kapler now fully realizes.
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