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Buster Posey downplays possibility of coaching in MLB

Chris Mezzavilla | KNBR

After the video tributes and speeches, the hugs and ceremonial first pitches, Buster Posey made his way up to the press box to face the media.

Posey is at peace and happy in his retirement, he told reporters. Sure, he misses aspects of baseball like spending time with teammates, but now he’s spending that time with his family. He still loves the game, and has been coaching his son, Lee, and daughter, Allison, in youth baseball and softball.

But could Posey, one of the most cerebral players of his era, return to coach in the bigs?

“I wouldn’t say never say never, but it would have to be a ways down the road,” Posey, 35, said Saturday. “It is so time-consuming. To do it the right way, like these guys are doing now, it seems like the hours are up every year. I guess that’s a long way of saying no.”

The time commitment that comes with coaching would be too much for Posey, at least any time soon. He has four children — two sets of twins — with the second two adopted as babies in 2020. He’s also very passionate about his foundation, BP28, that’s dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer.

Posey said earlier this week on KNBR that he’d like to be involved with the Giants organization in some capacity. The franchise has taken care of its former players, often hiring them to the front office in advisory or part-time roles.

Some former greats have made appearances at spring training to help mentor and train players. When asked about that concept, Posey said “Yeah, I mean, I think I would be able to do that.”

For now, Posey will stick to Little League, where he’s finding his stride.

“Hopefully one that the kids are excited to show up to practice for,” Posey said of what kind of youth coach he’s becoming.

 

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