In his young career, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has already won three World Series, an MVP and a Rookie of the Year, two Silver Sluggers, and played in three All-Star Games. He may be this generation’s Derek Jeter, and is the face of his franchise.

Posey has been such a standout contributor in his time in baseball that MLB Network Radio’s Jeff Joyce and Mike Stanton argue he’s the most irreplaceable player in the game.

“The four full seasons that he’s played at the Major League level, they’ve won three World Series,” Joyce said. “You can throw any other player you want in the mix, all Posey’s done is win.”

If a case can be made for any player being on the same level as Posey, it’s Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout. On the pace Trout is on in his fourth full season, he will lead all of baseball in Wins Above Replacement in as many seasons, and likely win or finish second in MVP voting for the fourth straight year. Now if only Trout’s team could find the same postseason success as Posey’s …

Either way, the two young California superstars will likely be the two faces of the game for a very long time.

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