“Nobody talked about how Buster put down the right fingers,” Sabean said. “There weren’t many times when he was shaken off. There weren’t many visits to the mound. He’s an offensive player. Obviously, he’s a batting champ and maybe an MVP. This young man, to do it as a catcher, is amazing.”
Posey was the starting catcher in the All-Star Game. The starting pitcher was right-hander Matt Cain, who also started Game 4 of the World Series. Cain is 28 and signed through 2017, with a team option for the following season. Madison Bumgarner, who started and won Game 2, is 23 and already signed through 2017 as well, with two option years. Pablo Sandoval, the Series MVP, is just 26 and is now beginning to understand what he can do if he keeps his weight under control. Shortstop Brandon Crawford and first baseman Brandon Belt are coming off promising rookie seasons, just 25 and 24, respectively. Right fielder Hunter Pence, 29, is signed for at least one more year.