Giants legend becomes first former player to join team ownership group

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Less than a year after hanging up the cleats, San Francisco Giants legend Buster Posey has joined his former team’s ownership group.

The team made the announcement on Wednesday, and it’s the first time a former player joined the organization as a senior partner and board member.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Posey said.

“I’m happy to give my opinion,” he added. “As a San Francisco Giants player, I understand there are expectations and that’s great.”

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Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants jokes with teammates in the dugout after his two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 1.  16, 2016, in San Francisco.

Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants jokes with teammates in the dugout after his two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Friday, Sept. 19. 16, 2016, in San Francisco.
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The former receiver has the whole offseason in his hands. The Giants won the NL West last year after winning 107 games. They were eliminated in the NLDS in five gamesand they currently sit at a disappointing 71-77, close to being eliminated from the postseason.

This next class of free agents is stacked, and two of the most touted free agents in Aaron Judge and Trea Turner both grew up among Giants fans.

The property did not hesitate to say they want to spend money in this upcoming offseason, and he’s primed on these guys.

“As you know, we have a lot of flexibility going into this offseason,” majority owner Charles Johnson said. “And we’re well aware of the shortstops and the person who can hit in the Bronx is over there.”

Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants leaves the field during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 7, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants leaves the field during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 7, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Posey will try to entice them. He tried to bring in Shohei Ohtani and Jon Lester during his playing days, but was unsuccessful.

“Time to improve this,” I joked.

Posey will not be “in the trenches” of ownership, but will be a “sounding board” for Chairman Greg Johnson and the rest of the ownership group.

“Not only do we benefit from a youthful perspective, but also from someone who has played on the court and worn orange and black,” Johnson said. “We are privileged to have him in the ownership group.”

Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants heads home to score against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants heads home to score against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
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Posey won three World Series with the Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He won an MVP in 2012 and was named an All Star seven times, including in his final season last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.