", [RELATED: Webb makes fix to mechanics, embraces new role for Giants]. Webb makes fix to mechanics, embraces new role for Giants. Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey announced Friday he has opted out of the 2020 season. That’s all well and good but it’s not really a substitute for getting the hundred, 200, 300 at-bats that you might be getting in Double- and Triple-A where you get a much better sense of whether a guy’s capable of handling Major League pitching on a day in, day out basis,” he said. — Taylor Wirth (@WirthTM) July 10, 2020 Under MLB's realigned divisions for 2020, the Cubs will not play the Giants this season. The 29-year-old Heineman has spent eight years bouncing around the minors with just five games of experience in the majors. Posey said he likely would have participated in the 2020 season if he and his wife were not adopting children during the pandemic. From a family standpoint and feeling like I'm making a decision to protect our children, I think it was relatively easy.". The twins, who are named Ada and Livvi, join the Posey’s other two children: twins that Kristen gave birth to in 2011. But some things are more important than baseball, and welcoming two new members to the family is emphatically one of those things. “We are going to take a family-first approach to this,” Kapler said. “If these babies hadn’t been born right now and weren’t premature I probably would be playing,” Posey said. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price opted out last week. "People are not necessarily seeing eye-to-eye on how this disease is going to progress or has progressed. He confirmed the news on Friday while citing a different reason than many of his peers. From a baseball standpoint, it was a tough decision, from a family standpoint and feeling like I'm making a decision to protect our children, I feel like it was relatively easy. “I think that a lot of people around baseball will say family first. The 33-year-old Posey was the healthiest he had been in years in the spring, hitting .455 in exhibition games this year before spring training was halted March 12 because of the virus outbreak. Minor league free-agents Tyler Heineman and Rob Brantly signed with the Giants during the offseason for the chance to compete to serve as Posey’s backup, but both players are now expected to make the club barring a surprise transaction. 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"We do have a lot of thoughtful players that are probably going to be thinking a lot about their families right now. Buster Posey said he probably would have chosen to play if the babies had not been born prematurely. He's since committed to playing but this week said he doesn't feel safe amid the delays MLB has experienced in receiving COVID-19 test results. There's unknowns. “After much discussion with my wife and doctors and a decision that I’ve wrestled with quite a bit since I knew that this adoption was on the table, I’ve decided to opt out of the 2020 baseball season,” Posey said. However, he said that the premature birth was the deciding factor. Posey, 33, made the announcement a week after the Giants held their first workout of the summer. Farhan Zaidi has his son, Jazz, on the Zoom call. Though Posey is expected to return to the field for the 2012 season, he admitted in a particularly revealing interview on Showtime's The Franchise that he would never allow one of his twins to become a catcher. Posey and his wife have two other children and the catcher has often spoken in the past about the importance of family and his role as a father. Posey, a six-time All-Star and three-time World Series champ, and his wife adopted premature twin girls last week, which led to the decision. Described it as a "rollercoaster.". "This is not a difficult one," said manager Gabe Kapler. Top NFL Players of 1990: Where Are They Now? But he had much more important news, and news that was the catalyst for the decision to opt out: the family is expanding. I think it’s important that we that we actually put that into action by throwing all of our support in making these decisions even easier for players because they know that they have to support the leadership in the organization.”. Less than two weeks before Opening Day, the Giants now are without their longtime face of the franchise. Posey had undergone season-ending surgery on his right hip in August 2018 and said he still had discomfort running and making even the smallest of movements last season. He hasn't decided if he will join the club on Opening Day. According to ESPN, the twins were born eight weeks premature on July 3. "In the current state that we are right now and these babies being as fragile as they are for the next four months, at minimum, this ultimately wasn't that difficult a decision for me," Posey said. “I think there’s still some reservation on my end. Posey said he is opting out due to the health of his newly-adopted twin girls. After reporting to summer camp on Saturday, Posey met with reporters over Zoom and expressed reservation about participating in the 2020 season, but did not indicate he and his wife were planning to adopt. “I do think it’s very much an individual decision because we’re all trying to decipher information that’s changing rapidly.”. The three-time World Series champion and former National League MVP becomes the highest-profile player in Major League Baseball to elect to sit out the season and follows other stars including Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price and Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman. Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey announced Friday he has opted out of the 2020 season. While the Giants are understanding, there's no doubt that this is a significant blow to any postseason hopes they might have had in a shortened season. Posey, one of the most decorated players in the history of the Giants franchise, has one year plus a team option for 2022 remaining on his contract, but it is expected the club will pay him a $3 million buyout instead of exercising a team option that would pay him $22 million in 2022. Zaidi said the team will look to add another catcher to the roster, either as an extra body to catch bullpen sessions or a more proven player to compete for playing time. © 2020 The Detroit News, a Digital First Media Newspaper, 'I know I belong': Tigers' Christin Stewart eager to put rough rookie season in rearview. Here's Buster Posey's statement today announcing he and his wife Kristen have adopted twins and also saying he will opt out of the 2020 baseball season. Brantly, who turns 31 next week, has played just 28 games in the majors over the past six seasons. Posey was joined on the conference call by president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Gabe Kapler, who were both very supportive of the 2012 MVP’s decision. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey recently joined the growing list of MLB stars opting out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and health concerns. Dodgers pitcher David Price, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond and Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake all previously said they would skip the 2020 season. [It’s] obviously unprecedented times right now.”. He batted a career-low .257 last season and has just 12 homers in 803 at-bats the last two years combined. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. That's why he is opting out of the season. They actually had a baby for a few days at one point before the birth family changed its mind. With this decision, the Giants star joins several other MLB players remaining away from the diamond when the season begins. "I think that a lot of people around baseball will say family first. pic.twitter.com/wqM2OIBQCg, Farhan Zaidi and Gabe Kapler expressed full support for Buster Posey, both thanked him for support he has shown them over last two years. Buster and Kristen Posey have been trying to adopt for several years. Posey is one of the most prominent players to opt out of the season as a six-time All-Star, the 2012 NL MVP and a three-time World Series champion. "We feel like this is the best decision," Posey said. It's his son's first birthday, and it looks like he's wishing for a signed Posey jersey. First, he’s opting out of the 2020 MLB season, something he was open about considering. “The adoption actually became official yesterday afternoon and my wife, myself and our older children are overwhelmed with joy to welcome them into our family, to love them unconditionally and to share life with them,” Posey said. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey recently joined the growing list of MLB stars opting out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and health concerns. Hopefully we have more solid answers here as medicine makes advances.".
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