Posey retires after 12 season with Giants

Former Salem-Keizer Volcanoes catcher Buster Posey won three World Series rings with the Giants (John Hefti/USA Today Sports)

Longtime San Francisco Giant and former Volcanoes catcher Buster Posey announced his retirement from Major League Baseball (MLB)on Thursday, Nov. 4.

Posey played in the majors for 12 seasons (all with the Giants) and is one of the most accomplished catchers of the 21st century. 

He has won four Silver Sluggers and a Gold Glove to go along with his three World Series titles (2010, 2012 and 2014). Posey was also the Rookie of the Year in 2010 and the National League MVP in 2012. He retires with a lifetime slash line of .302/.372/.460 and appeared in seven All-Star Games.

Posey was named the #1 Volcanoes player of all time by the Keizertimes earlier this year.

“Buster Posey was a true professional on and off the field. He is worthy of many incredible accolades. Buster is someone we as an organization, and community, should feel absolutely honored to have played for the Volcanoes,” said Mavericks League CEO Mickey Walker. “He is one of the true greats to come through Volcanoes organization to go on to do great things in the MLB. Along with Tim Lincecum, Sergio Romo, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford, Ryan Voglesong, Posey was a core piece to the Giants three World Series wins. It will always be special to know his first professional baseball card came here in Keizer. And that we had the pleasure of watching and hosting one of the true greatest baseball players to ever play.”