San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey will headline the cover of the March 12 issue of Men’s Health magazine along with rising stars Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.
Posey had a big year in 2012, when he was awarded the National League MVP, NL Hank Aaron Award, Silver Slugger Award, NL Comeback Player of the Year Award and was the MLB batting champion. Plus, he was named an All-Star as well as becoming a World Series champion for the second time in his young career.
The 25-year-old is teaming up with Trout and Harper on the cover to display Major League Baseball’s rapidly rising young stars who are prepared to take over the game. All three players had remarkable seasons last year and all three are the bright spots in a sport that has so many dark clouds these days due to performance enhancing drug scandals, among other things.
“Three brilliant new stars of the national pastime are right here, right now and they are making history on the field and on the cover,” reads a snippet from the magazine.
The magazine article talks about how Posey made the switch from shortstop at Florida State University to become a catcher and how it obviously changed his life forever.
“I can still picture it now, in the cage at FSU,” Posey says in the article. “The gear felt natural. I just kind of went from there, and fell in love with it.”
It also discusses Posey’s season-ending ankle injury in 2011, when Scott Cousins smashed into him at home plate, fracturing his fibula and tearing ligaments in his ankle that required surgery to fix. It then finishes on the ultimate comeback story that Posey played a huge part in: getting the Giants back to the World Series for the second time in three seasons.
Posey posted career highs across the board in his MVP year, in which he batted .336 with 24 home runs, 103 RBIs and 39 doubles in 530 at-bats.