Buster Posey's equal appreciation for the old and the new has stoked his optimism as baseball's new season approaches. In short, he's ready for a fresh start. Posey, who will report with Giants pitchers and catchers to Spring Training on Tuesday, thanked management for holding onto the club's key performers despite its 64-98 record in 2017. "You read about it a lot. People are questioning why the team wasn't blown up after the horrendous season that we had last year," Posey said during FanFest this weekend. It won't be the same group, however, due to the additions of outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Austin Jackson, along with third baseman Evan Longoria. "Bringing in guys like that who are established Major League players for the last decade will take some of the weight off of the guys who have been with the Giants for a while," said Posey, a five-time All-Star. Experience has sharpened Posey's perspective. With Matt Cain's retirement following last season, Posey has become the longest-tenured Giant in continuous service, having remained in the Majors to stay since May 29, 2010. Mention of that season reminded Posey of the current Giants. Then, as now, the club's roster featured veterans such as first baseman Aubrey Huff, shortstop Edgar Renteria, infielder Juan Uribe and left fielder Pat Burrell. Each of them contributed significantly to the franchise's initial San Francisco-era World Series title that year. The similarity between that team and this one, said Posey, is "really exciting. I'm looking forward to getting out on the field with them."
Posey eager to play with new-look Giants
MLB.com | Feb 11