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Giants’ catcher Buster Posey’s leg was broken last night in a collision at home plate. Watch a video of the collision as well as a discussion on the wisdom of allowing catchers to be exposed to severe injury during plays at the plate.

Update May 28: Yesterday Posey participated in a conference call with three local sportswriters. Transcript of that call plus a video of another violent collision at the plate Posey got the worst of back when he was in the minor leagues, right here.

Update 3:25 p.m. After fans watched the collision at home between Scott Cousins and Buster Posey last night, they tweeted their dismay. Follow the course of events as expressed online in the following curation of tweets and other web material, put together by our Online Community Engagement Specialist Ian Hill.

Update 11:30 a.m. The Panda may have put his paw in his mouth in speaking about Posey’s injury. An hour ago Pablo Sandoval tweeted this:

“Good morning I feel so bad because we lost buster for rest of the season it’s gonna be hard with out him”

Then 45 minutes later:

“Talking further within our team, I might have misspoken and hopefully Buster isn’t out for the season”

Still, it doesn’t look good. From

Catcher Buster Posey has a broken bone in his lower left leg, the Giants revealed on Thursday, meaning the worst has happened: The National League’s reigning Rookie of the Year will likely be sidelined for the entire season. Club sources didn’t explicitly divulge Posey’s condition, which wasn’t expected to become fully known until he undergoes a MRI. But before the Giants’ announcement, multiple insiders did speak of Posey’s leg with an absence of hope. The injury might include torn ligaments.

You can watch the collision in stunned, sickening silence at

This morning, Buster Olney of ESPN recorded this video blog calling for major league baseball to take measures to protect catchers on plays at the plate.

And Rick Sutcliffe and Aaron Boone weigh in on the topic of collisions at the plate on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. The question: “Are plays like this the doom of the franchise catcher?” (Posey’s agent thinks so.)

Buster Posey Breaks Leg; Watch Video of Last Night’s Collision at Home 28 May,2011Jon Brooks

  • Feel real bad for Buster Posey. I am a Dodger fan but he is a great young player and you hate to see that happen to anyone. Just hope he will be okay and back soon. Unfortunately, catchers are sitting ducks sometimes and they leave themselves wide open when they are concentrating on catching the throw from the outfield. Years ago there were many more collisions at home plate but it is hard to tell runners not to slide into them or not to barrel them over because that is what they are taught. It would be hard to protect catchers in that situation, but the league should look into it. I’ll take the liberty and speak for all Dodger fans in wishing him a speedy recovery.

  • Bruce Creelman

    Really the injury isn’t that bad, although it seems like it.

    I had the same exact injury, where my fibula was splintered and the foot seperated from the ankle, but ligaments in the foot aren’t like an ACL in the knee.

    They somehow heal themselves. I know. It made the people that saw it sicker than it made me feel.

    He will be back in 8 weeks and at least more cautious than ever, but I bet he will be walking in a “Denver Boot” only days after the surgery. In fact, I would bet he has already had the surgery performed.

    As for Cousins, he did what he was paid for, it was just silly that the ball was already dropped. Cousins concern for Posey was obvious and it wasn’t a Pete Rose or Ty Cobb play. He cared and was obviously intitially concerned, not just after the fact. He must have heard something.

    It is something they will put behing them, but the fact is, it is part of the game, and any game.

    In my case it was my own soccer goalie diving into my leg, and I could have blamed him, but he did not do it on purpose.

    Posey will come back as good as ever.

    I am certain.

  • bernadette hill

    I play softball and I got hurt and was out 6 months, I don’t get paid nothing I play just for fun if you are scared to get hurt dont play the game

  • hardnosed ball

    Posey made a bad play. He put himself in the path of plate when he wasnt going to get the ball in time in a poor position to field also. I feel sorry for him and the injury sustained but he made the decision for the runner by blocking the plate. The comments about long memory and all that were horribly offensive to someone who played baseball, would love to play at that level and knows that that was a clean, hard- nosed baseball play. The runner touched the plat and first thing goes to Posey to see if hes ok.

  • Rishi

    Posey did NOT get into the way. He was doing what he was supposed to do. Cousins just tried to knock the ball out of Posey’s glove when he did not have the ball. It was a clean play, though. Cousins had no intention of hurting Posey. I really do feel bad for both of them, because of the injury and Cousins getting totally butchered. I hope Posey is ok now.

  • Rishi

    I also agree with chris p. Catchers can be sitting ducks sometimes and can be open to any thing like people ramming into them. I seriously baseball should change the rules.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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