For a long time now, one of the most valuable catchers in baseball has been the Giants’ Buster Posey. For his career, he has slashed .306/.375/.465 and he regularly appears in MVP voting including winning the award in 2012 and was named NL Rookie of the Year in 2010. Catchers with his offensive skill set are a rare breed and he has been among the best of the best at the position since he entered the league.
However, Posey has not been quite as good this season with a still excellent .284/.359/.382 line with five home runs and 41 RBIs. His numbers taking a bit of a step back isn’t by itself cause for alarm given that the Giants are not very good and the physical toll that catchers endure. That said, he has clearly not been quite right and now it looks like it will be a while before he takes the field again.
Some other preliminary reporting has said that the hip procedure Posey will have will sideline him for six months. The bad news is that that means he will most certainly be out for the rest of this season, but that timeline does have him seemingly on track for the 2019 season.
However, it cannot be understated that hip injuries are notoriously tricky and can linger. With Father Time currently undefeated, an injury that could impact him beyond his initial recovery period, and the wear and tear associated with being a catcher, one has to wonder when the Buster Posey era will come to an end and when we will see Joey Bart in a Giants uniform.