Florida State Seminoles baseball coach Mike Martin Sr. said he believes that former Seminole and current San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is the leader of the Giants after Posey led the Giants to their second World Series championship in three seasons, according to an interview with Ira Schoffel of Tallahassee.com:
"He is the backbone of that club," Martin Sr. said. "He puts everybody else in position to win. He directs it all. He's the conductor. He's a rare, rare guy."
Martin speaks highly of Posey, who played for the Seminoles between 2006-08, because of how hard he plays and just how he plays when there is a high-pressure environment:
"He's just a phenomenal individual," Martin said. "He was just ecstatic to be in that arena. He said he was just blessed to be part of that game. It shows what kind of competitor he is. And what a contributor he was to them winning."
After winning Rookie of the Year and his first World Series title in 2010, he missed most of 2011 because of a serious knee injury sustained while trying to block home plate. Martin doesn't think it's just a coincidence that the two full seasons Posey has played has ended with the Giants winning the World Series.
This season, he has already been named Comeback Player of the Year and won the batting title. Many people predict that he will also win the National League's MVP award.