In 2008, Florida State University Seminoles catcher Buster Posey won the Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award.
Eleven year later that award has a new name attached to it Johnny Bench’s name has been replaced by Buster Posey’s to become the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award. The award is presented each year to the best Division 1 collegiate catcher in the United States.
Speaking on the new award title, Posey said, “in 2008 I was honored to be named the National Collegiate Catcher of the Year. Today, I’m humbled to become the namesake of this prestigious award to celebrate the achievements of Division 1 college catchers with the Buster Posey National College Catcher of the Year Award.”
After being named the Catcher of the Year, Posey was drafted fifth overall in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants. He has since played every year since being drafted with the Giants.
Lost on many baseball fans is that Buster Posey is much more than a catcher. While playing for the Seminoles he was also the closing pitcher and racked up a number of saves and wins during his college career.
Along with winning the Catching Award, Posey won the Baseball America College Player of the Year, the Brooks Wallace Award, the Dick Howser Trophy, and the Golden Spikes Award while still at FSU in 2008.
As a member of the San Francisco Giants, he has won the 2010 July Clutch Player of the Month Award, the Player of the Month Award, the Rookie of the Year Award, the Comeback Player of the Year Award, the Hank Aaron Award, the Most Valuable Player Award, the Silver Bat Award, four National League Silver Slugger Awards, the Willie Mac Award, two Defensive Player of the Year Awards, a Gold Glove Award, is a six tie All Star, and was a member of three Worl Series championship teams.
Feature photo credit: By Ian D’Andrea – Buster Posey, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69559220