Giants’ catcher Buster Posey out for the season
May 30, 2011 Leave a comment
After an ugly home-plate collision with Florida Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, Buster Posey’s season is over before it fully got started. Posey break a bone in his left leg and tore multiple tendons in his ankle that required season-ending surgery, though the catcher is expected to make a full recovery in time for the 2012 season (ESPN Link).
With the score tied at six in the top of the 12th inning, Cousins tagged up from third on a shallow fly ball to right centerfield. With the speed of Cousins, he was able to reach home a little before the ball had and collided with Posey to make sure that he would be ruled safe on the play. The collision knocked the ball loose from Posey’s grasp, Cousins was ruled safe and the Marlins would go on to win the game by the score of 7-6.
Though collisions at home in baseball these days are uncommon, especially to the extent in which Cousins charged into Posey. However, the play was absolutely clean even though the result of the play was an unfortunate injury to one of the game’s rising stars. Since the play at the plate, there has been plenty of conversation in the media in regards to if baseball needs to institute a rule to prohibit these kind of plays. Posey’s agent was one of the many voices trumpeting the need for a rule change. It is uncertain if baseball would undertake such a rule change, with many of those who play the game and scouting the game stating that no change to the rule is necessary and that if a lesser-known catcher had received the injuries Posey had, nobody would think of it as anything more than somebody playing the game hard.
For the season, Posey was hitting .284 with four home runs and 21 runs batted in with a .368 on-base percentage. The 2010 National League Rookie of the Year posted a .305 average with 18 home runs and 67 runs batted in 108 games after being summoned from the minor leagues. The already soft-hitting San Francisco Giants will miss his bat in the middle of the line-up. But, the Giants have always been built on pitching and will continue to either succeed or fail behind the likes of Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.
Entering play today, the Giants were 28-24, a half-game behind the scorching hot Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the National League West and were two-and-a-half games back of the Wild Card leading Florida Marlins.
Greg Kaplan is a writer and co-founder of Home Field Advantage