SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Perhaps one day, Buster Posey will stand in front of reporters and discuss his decades in the game. For now, that kind of longevity is something that fascinates the Giants catcher, and it's the thing about Bruce Bochy’s career that most impresses him.
One day after Bochy announced that the 2019 season will be his last, Posey marveled at the fact that his manager is entering his 25th consecutive season leading a big-league club. Bochy spent 12 years with the Padres and is in his 13th with the Giants.
“That’s what I appreciate. The relatively short amount of time I’ve spent in baseball compared to him, you understand the grind of a full season,” Posey said. “To do it as long as he’s done it and remain as passionate as he is is what I appreciate the most.”
Bochy is the only big-league manager 31-year-old Posey has ever known, and he was one of the players informed of the retirement decision before Bochy told the full team Monday morning. Posey said he had spoken to Bochy about his future in recent months.
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“This will be my 10th year with him, so I just want to soak it up and appreciate who he is to the game of baseball and enjoy this last year,” Posey said. “Not that you need any extra motivation, but if you do, it’s pretty easy to look at him and get more.”