Buster Posey praises Joey Bart for overcoming early season 'mental hurdle'

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Posey praises Bart for overcoming 'mental hurdle' this season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

When Buster Posey opted to retire following the 2021 MLB season, it left significant shoes to fill not only in the Giants' lineup but calling the game behind the plate.

Giants catcher Joey Bart not only had the expectations of living up to his No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 MLB Draft, but he's the player replacing Posey, a seven-time NL All-Star and three-time World Series winner.

Posey appeared KNBR's "Murph & Mac" last week, where the 35-year-old discussed Bart's 2022 MLB season as the Giants' full-time catcher, which included a demotion to Triple-A in early June.

"I'm really happy for Joey," Posey said. "I think everybody out there was feeling for him the way that the season started, and for him to go down and go down and come back up and put together the August you mentioned that he had is really impressive.

"Not only from the physical standpoint of just doing the job, but I'm sure there was just some sort of mental hurdle that he had to get over to get to the point where he had to let go."

Additionally, Posey shared his experience when he hit rough patches during his 12-year MLB career with San Francisco, shedding some light on what Bart might have gone through during his struggles early in the 2022 MLB season.

"At least through my experience, when you're going through a rough patch, you have to get to the point where you're like, whatever, I don't care anymore," Posey added.

"You know what I mean? It's almost like it's counterintuitive to say that you have to release and let go and not care as much, but sometimes that's what it takes because if you just put so much pressure on yourself, it's hard to go out next year. You tend to handcuff yourself."

Despite the struggles, Bart has performed better since his return to the major leagues in early July. Furthermore, August has been an excellent month for the 25-year-old at the plate to help build his confidence back up.

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In Bart's last 58 plate appearances, he is batting .328 with three home runs and seven RBI. However, Bart's best stretch of baseball as a major leaguer is paused after going on the 7-day concussion IL on Tuesday after taking a foul tip off the mask.

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