Posted February 25, 2014

Buster Posey eager to learn from Barry Bonds at Giants camp

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Buster Posey (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Buster Posey was the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year and 2012 NL MVP. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Seven-time MVP Barry Bonds will serve as a hitting instructor for the Giants during spring training, and San Francisco catcher Buster Posey is eager to work with him.

“I’m excited just to listen, for sure,” Posey said to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. “From talking to people that either coached him or played with him, everybody said he had a very straightforward, simple approach. To me, that’s a huge part of hitting, trying to keep things as simple as possible.”

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Posey, the 2012 NL MVP, hit .294 with 15 homers and 72 RBIs in 148 games last season, when he made his second All-Star appearance. But his numbers were down from a league-leading .336 batting average with 24 home runs and 103 RBIs in the same number of games in 2012. His OPS dropped from .957 in 2012 to .821 last season.

The 26-year-old said he will talk to Bonds mostly about his approach at the plate and also hitting drills that helped him.

The Giants ranked 21st in the majors last season with 629 runs.

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5 comments
MrArlington
MrArlington

Posey should be instructed on not blocking plate if you're going to be on your knees. Big dummy. I blame him for the MLB instituting the limp wristed policy of banning home plate collisions.

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

He's a 2x champion and an MVP. Maybe he can teach Bonds some things.

mantle77777
mantle77777

Also, Posey experienced what most young players go through.  He has the advantage at first and then the pitchers start to adjust to him.  Now he has to adjust back, in order to prove he is really a great hitting catcher.  I hope he can do it.

mantle77777
mantle77777

Barry Bonds, the one of the greatest hitters before steroids and the greatest of all the steroid users.  Doesn't mean he can teach hitting.  Maybe.....?????