The San Francisco Giants will have a new starting catcher for the first time in a decade in 2020. Buster Posey announced he will be opting out of the 2020 MLB season. He and his wife adopted identical twin girls who are in the NICU for the time being.
Buster Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls. That is why he has missed time in camp. The twins were born prematurely and stable but will be in NICU for some time. He is opting out of the season.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 10, 2020
Buster Posey said he probably would have chosen to play if the babies had not been born prematurely. Purely a decision driven by a changing and sensitive family situation.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 10, 2020
Posey has dealt with injuries the past couple seasons, playing 114 games last year and 105 the year before. He’s spent most of his time behind the plate, but has also gotten some time at first base.
Backup catcher Aramis Garcia had hip surgery in February and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Rob Brantly, Tyler Heineman, and Joey Bart are all competing for an opportunity. Back in May, Giants fans thought Bart would be the guy to claim the backup job behind Posey.