The Posey Crisis, Day 2.
Here’s the transcript of a conference call among Posey and three beat writers, from Andrew Baggarly’s Extra Baggs blog. From Baggarly:
The most important points: He’s almost certainly out for the season, he is 100 percent committed to returning as a catcher, he hasn’t talked to Scott Cousins and doesn’t really know what that conversation would accomplish other than making him feel better.
And KQED’s Dan Brekke ferreted this out on YouTube: home video of a 2008 collision between Archie Gilbert of the Stockton Ports and then-San Jose Giant Buster Posey. Posey was knocked flat on his back, but on this occasion managed to walk away.
And no discussion of collisions at home would be complete without a nod to perhaps the most notorious plate bang-up in baseball history: Pete Rose bowling over Ray Fosse at the 1970 All-Star Game:
Fosse, a broadcaster for the A’s, was quoted in the Chron today as saying he does not support a rule change to protect catchers.
“The game has been around more than 100 years, and now they’re going to start protecting catchers?” Fosse asked. “I can’t see anything that can be changed. In high school, you can’t run over a catcher. But that’s high school. This is professional baseball. The idea is to score runs. If the catcher has the ball and he’s standing there, the runner has to stop? Is that the protection?
“I can’t believe anything can be done, and I don’t see how you could regulate something like that.”