Posey ended on one of the best final seasons in MLB history originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
After opting out of the 2020 season, Posey returned to the Giants in 2021 and produced one of the best statistical seasons of his surefire Hall-of-Fame career. Appearing in 113 games, Posey slashed .304/.390/.499 with 18 home runs, 56 RBI and an OPS of .889. Only once in his career did he post a superior OPS (.957), and that was in 2012 when he was named the National League MVP.
In announcing his retirement on Thursday, Posey will cement his place as just one of seven players in the divisional era to hit .300 or better in his final career season, joining David Ortiz, Will Clark, Kirby Puckett, Lou Brock and Roberto Clemente.
Highest BA in final career season in Divisional Era (1969), min 400 PA:
2000 Will Clark: .319
2016 David Ortiz: .315
1995 Kirby Puckett: .314
1972 Roberto Clemente: .312
1999 Dave Nilsson: .309
1979 Lou Brock: .304
Buster Posey hit .304 in 2021, so he’d join the list
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) November 3, 2021
Additionally, since 1900, only six MLB players have posted a superior OPS-plus (which adjusts for the park and the league in which the player played) in their final career season than Posey’s 2021 OPS-plus of 140.
Buster Posey hit .304/.390/.499 in 2021, good for a 140 OPS+
if that is indeed his final year, it’s one of the best offensive final seasons ever
via @Stathead: highest OPS+ in a player’s final season since 1900 (min. 450 PA)
Posey will slot in 7th — and what a list!!! pic.twitter.com/ny6Kg9a6kp
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) November 3, 2021
On both lists, Posey is surrounded by some of the best players in MLB history. In retirement, that’s where he belongs.
Source: Yahoo Sports