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.”

Buster Posey Speaks; Video of Posey Minor League Plate Collision 27 May,2011Jon Brooks


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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