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A bush league of his own

Posted by keithosaunders on June 7, 2011

Tom Hanks said it best:  There’s no crying in baseball.  Tell that to Brian Sabean, GM of the San Francisco Giants.  In the wake of losing his All Star catcher, Buster Posey, due to a collision at home plate with the Marlin’s Scott Cousins, Sabean has lobbied for rules changes, and threatened retaliation.  

The play came in the 12th inning of a 6-6 tie.  Emilio Bonifacio hit a shallow fly ball which was caught for the second out.  Cousins tagged from third, while Posey stood directly in front of the plate, waiting for the throw from right fielder, Nate Schierholtz.  Cousins lowered his shoulder and barreled into Posey at full speed as Posey failed to field the throw.  It was a brutal, yet clean hit.

Sabean, in a subsequent radio interview on KNBR, called the hit malicious saying, “If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.”  He left little doubt that the Giants are planning on seeking revenge on Cousins.

Cousins, for his part, felt terrible about the injury.  Immediately after the collision you can see him standing over Posey, clearly concerned and shaken up by the incident.  He has called Posey several times to apologize.

What would Sabean and Posey have had Cousins do?  If he slides and is out, Cousins would be branded as soft.  He is probably the 25th man on the Marlins roster — he can’t afford to play it safe. 

Not only that, several baseball people have stated that Posey used poor technique while blocking the plate.  Here’s Johnny Bench:

 When I heard about the injury, I was anxious to see how this happened. Buster put himself in such a bad position. First of all, my catchers don’t sit in front of home plate. They stand away from home plate and work back to the plate. But we (catchers) are just fair game. You’ve got a guy running around third base at 210 to 220 pounds with 3 percent body fat and with sprinter’s speed. I teach my kids to stay away from the plate when you don’t have the ball so the runner actually sees home plate and his thought is, slide. But Buster is laying in front of home plate, and it’s like having a disabled car in the middle of a four-lane highway. You’re just going to get smacked. Show them the plate. You can always catch the ball and step, or step and catch the ball, as long as you’ve got the runner on the ground. And if you have the runner on the ground, there’s less chance of any severe collision.

The idea that baseball should change its rules over this incident is insane.  I’ve been watching the game for over 40 years, and in that span I can only think of one catcher whose career ended due to a home plate collision — Ray Fosse.  That was a real travesty, however, as he was bowled over by Pete Rose in the 1970 All Star game. 

So calm down and leave the rules alone. 

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I’m on bizarro Earth watching Giants games

Posted by keithosaunders on September 5, 2010

Not the football Giants, but baseball’s Giants, the team I grew up hating.  How strange it is to turn on my local TV and see the orange and black of San Francisco playing at 7 PM.  Living in New York for the past two and a half decades, I was used to seeing their games begin at 10:00 PM.  With this damn Pacific time zone all of the sports is done before the network news, which is fine if you like to go to sleep early, but not so fine if you’re used to keeping late hours.

Yesterday’s game, versus my old Dodgers, was a honey.  The Dodgers leaped out to a 4-0 lead and it looked as if the punchless Giants would go down easily.  The tide began to turn in the middle innings when solo home runs by Buster Posey, Edgar Rentaria, and Pat Burrell (I hate him, that Met killer!) brought them to within a run. 

In the 9th inning Joe Torre brought in his fireballing closer, Johnathon Broxton, who proceeded to throw 12 straight 96mph-plus fastballs.  There was one on and two out when Juan Uribe stepped to the plate and hit a hanging slider deep into the left field bleachers.  5-4 Giants. 

In the bottom of the inning the Giants closer, Brian Wilson, allowed a pair of singles to put runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out, but easily retired the next two hitters to nail down the ballgame. 

The game had added intensity since the Giants are involved in a pennant race — they are 2.5 games behind the slumping San Diego Padres, and 3.5 off the wild card pace, chasing the Phillies.  If I have to be in a strange city where I know no one and have no gigs, at least there is important September baseball to watch.  Oh, and did somebody mention football?

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