Veteran catcher Buster Posey of SF Giants retires

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On Thursday, San Francisco catcher Buster Posey formally announced his retirement.

If Posey decides to remain in the sport after the stellar year, the Giants last month said that they would exercise his $22 million club option for next year’s season, ABC7 reported.

There were several hints dropped leading to the seven-time All-Star’s retirement, who wanted to spend more time with his family and four young kids.

“I’m definitely just going to take some time with my wife, talk with her, be able to be full-time dad of four kids for the first time in a while,” he said. “Yeah, just kind of take it slow and see how things progress.”

The veteran catcher pulled out from last year’s pandemic-affected campaign to look after their adopted prematurely-born twin girls. Posey and Kristen, his wife, also have 10-year-old twins named Lee and Addison.

With a $3 million buyout included on his contract, the 34-year-old Posey has helped the team to gain its first NL West title and reach a franchise-record 107 wins.

Three years after a medical procedure on his right hip, Posey showed that he got back his strength after he batted .304 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs.

In 2011, the veteran catcher and the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, returned to grab the NL MVP title the following year.

He suffered from three ripped ligaments in his left ankle and a broken bone in his lower leg on May 25, 2011, after he was knocked down by Scott Cousins of the Marlins.

But he rose in 2012 and won the batting crown and MVP honors while leading his team to its second World Series championship in just three years.

Posey has won 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series titles in total.