Florida State baseball will retire the jersey of Buster Posey, a two-time All-American in Tallahassee and arguably the greatest player in the history of Seminoles baseball.
Posey, who played in Tallahassee from 2006 to 2008, went on become a three-time World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants over the course of a 12-year career.
He was the 2010 NL Rookie of the year, 2012 NL MVP, won four Silver Slugger Awards and won Golden Glove. At Florida State, where he holds the highest batting average in school history, he won the 2008 Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Award, Brooks Wallace Award, Johnny Bench Award and Rawlings Glove Award and was named Player of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Rivals.com and ABCA.
He’s now the fourth-ever FSU player to have their baseball jersey retired, joining Dick Howser, J.D. Drew and Mike Martin.
From the FSU press release:
Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State will retire the jersey of Buster Posey in a ceremony prior to the start of the Seminoles’ game against Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 11 with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 p.m. General admission tickets will go on sale for the game Monday on Seminoles.com.
Posey, who was a two-time first team All-America catcher for the Seminoles in 2007 and 2008, won virtually every award in baseball including the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy, Brooks Wallace, Johnny Bench and Player of the Year honors by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com in his junior season. Posey also earned All-America honors as a freshman in 2006 at shortstop for the Seminoles before moving behind the plate.
Posey’s records from his consensus All-America junior season included leading the nation in six offensive categories including batting average (.463), hits (119), RBI (93), total bases (226), on-base percentage (.566) and slugging percentage (.879). His batting average was the highest recorded in a single season in Seminole baseball history. He led FSU to the College World Series in 2008, the Seminoles’ first trip to Omaha since 2000. He also led the ACC in eight categories en route to being named 2008 Player of the Year and became just the fourth player in ACC history to capture the triple crown as he led the league in batting average, home runs (26) and RBI.
A seven-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants, Posey was the 2010 Rookie of the Year, the 2012 National League MVP, a five-time Silver Slugger winner and the 2016 Gold Glove winner. The Giants won World Series titles with Posey behind the plate in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Posey retired after the 2021 season, when he hit .304, won his second Comeback Player of the Year award and made his seventh all-star team while leading the Giants to a team-record 107 wins.
Posey’s jersey will be just the fourth retired in the storied history of the Seminole baseball program joining Dick Howser, J.D. Drew and Mike Martin in the honor.