Buster and Kristen Posey increase focus on pediatric cancer


Buster and Kristen Posey increase focus on pediatric cancer

SAN FRANCISCO — In the biggest moments on the baseball field, Buster Posey is unflappable as it gets. But he couldn’t keep from breaking down Wednesday while discussing a cause very near and dear to his heart.

Posey and his wife Kristen held a press conference at AT&T Park to announce plans to make pediatric cancer a primary focus of their philanthropic efforts. The Poseys, with the help of the Giants and New Era, are working to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research and treatment.

Buster said this became a focus for his family when Kristen met a family who has a son, Cannon, who is only four days older than the couple’s twins but is fighting cancer. Buster had tears in his eyes as he spoke of Cannon and his discovery that only four percent of cancer funds raised throughout the country are dedicated to pediatric cancer research.

“It goes back to having children of your own and the gut-wrenching feeling you get thinking of kids (going through) something like that,” he said. 

The new efforts are focused in three ways. New Era unveiled a Buster Posey Pediatric Cancer Awareness cap that has the Giants logo on the front, Posey’s initials and numbers on the back, and a gold ribbon for Pediatric Cancer Awareness on the side. Posey said 28 percent of the proceeds will go to support pediatric research and treatment.

The fundraising portion also includes an event on Sept. 14 with proceeds benefitting The V Foundation and pediatric cancer programs in the Bay Area. Dick Vitale, an ESPN college basketball analyst and longtime advocate for pediatric cancer support, will be the host.

The Poseys are also working toward increased awareness, and they’ll host Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day at AT&T Park on Sept. 17. Posey said Cannon, who is four years old, is scheduled to get his last dose of chemo the day of that event.

The third aspect of this increased effort is patient and family support, and the Poseys hosted several families on the field during batting practice Wednesday. Once per month, families will be invited to attend a Giants game and meet players and the Poseys on the field.

Posey said the goal is to provide as much financial support as possible going forward, starting with the sale of the special caps. He said repeatedly that this push “does mean a lot to me,” and he’s hopeful that his family can make a difference. 

“We said we’ve got to do something,” he said. “We can’t talk about how bad this is. We’ve got to try to help.”

MLB trade rumors: Giants might receive only 'Grade C prospects' for relievers

MLB trade rumors: Giants might receive only 'Grade C prospects' for relievers

The Giants have three relievers whom other MLB teams covet.

Will Smith, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson all have been mentioned in trade rumors this month. But a problem has come up.

The Giants broke out of the All-Star break on fire and have put themselves in the middle of the NL wild-card race. Their hot streak almost certainly will delay Farhan Zaidi's decision to buy or sell.

If Zaidi is forced to wait, the market could be flooded with options for teams, driving down the price.

As ESPN's Buster Olney writes, that could hurt the return the Giants receive for Smith, Watson and/or Dyson:

"Some executives believe that by the time we get to the last hours before the trade deadline, there will be a lot of starting pitchers and relievers available, and if that's the case, then it could depress the possible return that the Giants or any other seller would get. It's possible, one evaluator indicated, that if San Francisco decided to unload some relievers, it might get offered Grade C prospects."

Zaidi reportedly had hoped to use the trio of relievers and ace Madison Bumgarner to replenish the Giants' farm system. But now, it's not certain that the Giants will be sellers before the July 31 trade deadline. If they do indeed decide to sell, it most likely will come after their two upcoming series with the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres.

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But by then, it might be too late for Zaidi to acquire the top prospects he covets.

MLB rumors: Madison Bumgarner could reject trade to stay with Giants

MLB rumors: Madison Bumgarner could reject trade to stay with Giants

With their recent surge in the standings, Farhan Zaidi and the Giants are in a tough spot.

Do they cash in trade chips such as Madison Bumgarner and restock their farm system? Or do they hang on to the 2014 World Series MVP and make a push for an NL wild-card spot?

Zaidi isn’t ready to answer that, as he mentioned before the Giants' 3-2 12-inning win over the Mets on Sunday.

But what about another crazy option? What if Zaidi agrees to trade Bumgarner to another team before the July 31 deadline and Bumgarner envokes his power to reject the deal?

ESPN's Buster Olney, citing a source, reported Sunday that that certainly is a possibility.

"In light of the Giants' recent surge, one source says he wouldn't be shocked if Bumgarner turned down a deal just to continue to be part of something he loves for the rest of his deal," Olney writes. "He could use the no-trade clause to extract some cash out of the Giants -- a going-away present, you could call it, a final chunk of change for a player who has been worth far more to the franchise than he has been paid during his time in San Francisco."

Back in May, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that Bumgarner has eight teams on his no-trade clause: Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.

Following his last start, Bumgarner was asked about the trade rumors surrounding him, and he made it clear his only goal is to win games for the Giants.

"I don't give a s--t," Bumgarner said. "I'm here to win games for this team, and that's what we're doing."

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In the moment, he meant that as a short-term goal. But what if Bumgarner really meant he doesn't want to leave?

Olney's latest reporting certainly puts that thinking on the table.