The 2014 MLB regular season ended on Sunday, Sept. 28.
The players on the 20 teams who didn't play in October got a head start on taking vacations, hitting the golf course, spending time with their families and/or resting their bodies.
The Giants had a truncated offseason -- the result of advancing to Game 7 of the World Series (Oct. 29) and capturing their third World Series crown in five years.
Buster Posey, who caught 159 of San Francisco's 161 defensive innings over 17 postseason games, needed to take off some additional time this winter to gear up for 2015.
"I really tried to take an extra two weeks more than I had after the '10 and '12 World Series, just to mentally and physically try to recoup as much as possible," the 2012 MVP explained to Comcast SportsNet's Jim Kozimor on Tuesday. "And I'm gonna take two weeks into spring training to hit the weights a little bit harder than I have in the past, and hopefully that pays off for me throughout the season."
The grind that is a 162 game regular season is taxing on everybody, but for catchers it's even more exhausting.
The Giants managed Posey's time in the squat last year, as he made "only" 109 starts behind the dish -- down from 111 in 2012, and 119 in 2013.
But as San Francisco advanced deeper into the postseason, Posey's production at the plate dipped significantly.
After going 2-for-5 against Pittsburgh in the Wild Card Game, and hitting .389 (7-for-18) in the NLDS against the Nationals, Posey hit just .200 (4-for-20) in the NLCS against the Cardinals, and .154 (4-for-26) against the Royals in the World Series.
He did not deliver a single extra-base hit all October, yet the Orange and Black still won the title.
Posey is entering the third year of a nine-year/$167 million deal, and the Giants want to keep him fresh for the long haul. But as assistant GM Bobby Evans said back in January, the team wants to see him catch as many games as possible.
"I look at it at 120 (games behind the plate) but I think there's room for some above that," Evans said. "I wouldn't expect anything below that. Part of the challenge for us is we do want to keep Buster healthy, but we also know he's a difference-maker behind the plate in the way he calls a game, in the way he handles our pitching staff.
"Nobody saw that better than what he did in the postseason, not just in calling the game, but receiving the baseball and really being our play-maker there. So we are gonna have to be careful about how much time he's not behind the plate."