SF Giants’ Posey adds another Silver Slugger award on his way into retirement

Buster Posey homered on his first swing of 2021 and ended up putting together one of the finest offensive seasons of his career, earning the catcher his fifth Silver Slugger award on Thursday.

Posey, 34, announced his retirement last week, a mild surprise considering how productive he was at the plate this season after missing all of 2020. Posey led NL catchers with an .889 OPS (the second-highest of his career), home runs (18) as well as slugging percentage and WAR. Overall, Posey’s final season produced a slash line of  .304/.390/.499.

Posey most recently won the Silver Slugger award in 2017. He’s the fourth NL catcher to win the award five times. Only Mike Piazza, with 10, won it more times. The Giants’ all-time leader is Barry Bonds, who won nine of his career 12 Silver Slugger awards with San Francisco.

Posey earlier this offseason was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News.

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was a finalist, but the NL award went to the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr.

Here’s a look at the complete list of the 2021 winners:

National League

Catcher: Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants)

First base: Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves)

Second base: Ozzie Albies (Atlanta Braves)

Third base: Austin Riley (Atlanta Braves)

Shortstop: Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego Padres)

Outfield:  Juan Soto (Washington Nationals), Nick Castellanos (Cincinnati Reds), Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies)

Pitcher: Max Fried (Atlanta Braves)

American League

Catcher: Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals

First base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays)

Second base: Marcus Semien (Toronto Blue Jays)

Third base: Rafael Devers (Boston Red Sox))

Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts (Boston Red Sox)

Outfield: Cedric Mullins (Baltimore Orioles), Teoscar Hernandez (Toronto Blue Jays), Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)

Designated hitter: Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels)

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