Denver (AFP) – Buster Posey was Player of the Year, a seven-time All-Star and three-time World Champion with the San Francisco Giants.
Now, less than a year after his retirement, he’s got a new title: Malik.
The Giants announced on Wednesday that the 35-year-old former hunter has joined the property group. While Posey did not announce the percentage, he said he bought it with his own money. He also joins the six-person board of directors.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Posey said.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler watched parts of the press conference in San Francisco while preparing for Wednesday night’s game in Colorado.
“It is very good for our organization to have a player perspective on our board and to have an influence on important decisions,” Kapler said. “It just makes us better.”
While Posey has said he will not be “in the trenches” with the property, he plans to be a “voice board” for Chairman Greg Johnson and the rest of the property’s 31-person group. Posey said he only envisioned joining the royal after his 12-year career ended in 2021.
“Not only do we benefit from the youth perspective, but someone played on the field and wore orange and black,” Johnson said. “We are fortunate to have him as part of the property group.”
Posey begins his new role as the Giants complete a disappointing season. They entered Wednesday 71-77 and were 9 1/2 games of the final NL wild card with 14 games remaining.
“I’m excited to offer my insight,” Posey said. “Being a San Francisco Giants player, I understand there are expectations and that’s great.”
Johnson said there are some “gaps that need to be addressed” in the list. He said the team does not yet have a budget for players for next season, but plans to try to boost the roster through a free agency.
Among the deserving agents waiting are Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Tria Turner, and New York Yankees quarterback Aaron Judge, who grew up as a Giants fan.
“You know, we’ve got a lot of flexibility to deal with this season,” Johnson said. “And we’re well aware of the breakpoints and someone who can hit the Bronx is there.”
Posey joked that his player recruitment skills needed some work after his failed efforts to lure Shuhei Ohtani and John Lester to San Francisco when he was a player.
“There is time to improve on that,” he said.
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