Last May 29, Buster Posey made his 2010 debut, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and starting his charge toward the Rookie of the Year award and a World Series title. On the same day a year later, he underwent surgery to repair three ligaments in his left ankle, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Baggarly later tweeted that Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said Posey was officially out for the rest of the season. Posey had two screws inserted into his ankle and will have another surgery to remove those screws in eight to 10 weeks. Posey won't be able to walk on his own for three months, Baggarly wrote.
Days after Posey's season was likely ended by a play at the plate with Florida's Scott Cousins, the debate about what to do about collisions at the plate is still going strong.
One of the latest to chime in is Florida Marlins catcher John Baker, who was not at the game because he is coming back from Tommy John surgery. Writing for Yahoo!'s Big League Stew, Baker simultaneously defends his teammate and also expresses sympathy for a fellow catcher (not to mention getting a shot in at Nyjer Morgan).
Besides the typical, who was right, who was wrong arguments -- I think Baker makes two really interesting points.
1. The fact Posey was the one hurt made it bigger news than it would have been had it been, say, Scott Baker.
I know that Buster Posey is a rising star, but let's rewind to last season when Nyjer Morgan went out of his way to hit Brett Hayes (effectively ending his season and sparking an ugly brawl the next day) in what was clearly a dirty play. How come no one was on PTI arguing for a rule change then?
And if it wasn't Cousins who hit Posey, but instead someone like Tulowitzki, or Pujols, what then? Would the term "dirty play" be used? Apparently to get some attention in baseball you have to be a star with a World Series ring. Don't worry Hayeser, I've got your back (so does Gaby).
2. Baker favors a compromise for a rule change and dubs it the "Buster Posey rule":
If the runner is forced to slide, then the catcher cannot be allowed to block the plate (like the collegiate rule). Because throws aren't always on line, contact still will happen, but I can't disagree that everyone would be safer.
Where else in sports can you get a 90-foot head start and run full speed into a grossly under-padded target looking in a different direction? Not the NFL, NHL, NBA, or even the fighting sports. In mixed martial arts and boxing, both combatants understand the rules. Buster Posey never even had a chance to "protect himself at all times."