Buster Posey put on a San Francisco Giants cap for all 12 of his seasons in the major leagues. Not a year after his retirement, he’s putting on a new hat with the Giants.
Posey, 35, became a principal owner of the Giants on Wednesday, joining the ownership group with an exclusive seat on the executive board. In fact, ownership expanded the board from five to six members in order to include Posey at the table.
One of the most popular and accomplished Giants in the team’s history, Posey will become the first player in franchise history to be a principal owner. He’s one of only a handful of former MLB players in modern baseball to get involved in ownership, following Derek Jeter’s purchase in 2017 (and subsequent divestment in 2022) of the Miami Marlines and Nolan Ryan’s ownership of the Texas Rangers in 2010. Posey is the youngest of the Giants’ 31 owners.
“I’m excited to provide my insight,” Posey said Wednesday. “Being a player for the San Francisco Giants, I understand there’s expectations, and that’s great. I think we welcome those expectations, but the goal within an organization is to get your foot in the door in October and have a chance to win a World Series, and that’s going to remain the same going forward.”
Even in a smaller ownership role, deferring to majority owner Charles Johnson and his son, chairman Greg Johnson, Posey sees himself wearing a few hats. He will not be involved in baseball operations, he emphasized, but can act as a free agent recruiter, a sounding board involved in budget and decision-making meetings, and as one of few former player-owners, begin to build a bridge between the league’s players and owners constantly at odds.
The focus, first, will be on the on-field product. He’s re-joining the organization at the start of a crucial offseason for the Giants as they hope to refurbish a mediocre and disappointing roster. As for the 2023 budget, Greg Johnson said Wednesday the Giants “don’t have a fixed number yet,” but have “a lot of flexibility coming into this offseason.”
“We’re well aware of the shortstops and the person that can hit in the Bronx that’s out there,” Johnson said, alluding to Yankees superstar Aaron Judge and likely free agent shortstops Trea Turner, Carlos Correa and Xander Boegarts. “Farhan (Zaidi) ultimately will come with his suggested number. We haven’t done that yet but we’re certainly looking at that now and we’re aware we have some gaps we need to address.”
Posey sat in on some of those recruitment meetings during his playing days. He tried (unsuccessfully) to sell Jon Lester, Bryce Harper and Shohei Ohtani on the Giants.
“My recruiting record is not very good,” Posey said. “There’s time to improve upon that. I think my role will be to be helpful where I can be helpful. If that takes time to get to know a prospective free agent I’m happy to do that.”
As a homegrown superstar himself, Posey will also focus his attention on the team’s …read more
Source:: The Mercury News