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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Giants Busted: Posey Out for Season

Well, one of the Giants worst nightmares came to fruition last night, and if you saw the play that snapped Posey's shin bone, I think every Giants fan in America felt that one a little bit!

There just isn't much to say but when Scott Cousins collided with Buster, it was a "WOW, the Giants' best player's leg just practically snapped!", reaction from me. Then the severity of the injury started to sink in as he lie there (you know it's bad when the opposing player sticks around). I mean, look at it, I didn't want to post the picture at first, but this is the last of Posey we'll likely see in 2011, going out like a champ and putting his body on the line in effort to save the game for his team. It was a clean play by baseball standards though, and Cousins feels horrible about it, tearing up in an interview. It seemed too surreal to be happening, such a weird baseball injury and it happens to the last guy in the world it can, if your a Giants fan. He was the last guy on that roster they could afford to lose and they've lost him. Even a Tim Lincecum season-ender wouldn't bring the daily impact that losing Posey will, so if you think losing Lincecum for the season would be worse, your wrong (everyone knock on wood). The Giants clear strength is their pitching, so much so that they have a guy getting paid $18M on the DL because they're simply too deep with starters. They needed every single bat they could afford to get, and some. Pablo Sandoval's injury was a big set-back, but he's coming back in a few weeks, Posey's done for the year. The great game-caller with the stellar arm, the leader, the captain, the all-around best ball-player on that team is no longer in use for the 2011 season, barring a medical miracle, but the Giants still have to play on, and hope Sabean has something up his sleeve like he did last year!

I don't think it's settled in quite yet, still. Reading the words on the Yahoo Sports page this morning saying: "Season Over?" over the picture of Buster Posey, it was like being punched in the stomach. I knew last night it wasn't good, but I was hoping for a sprain or a 2-month thing, back by the All-Star break, maybe, but with the leg broken, a return this year is about 99% unlikely. So in the short-term, it looks like it will be Eli Whiteside playing daily, as they don't really have any other options that are major league ready. They could go out and try and woo Bengie Molina back out of retirement, as Giants pitchers raved about throwing to Bengie over the years, and he's more of a threat with the stick than Whiteside or Chris Stewart (Posey's call-up replacement). Brandon Belt is also back in attempt to help out the offense, as he and Brandon Crawford (replacing Mike Fontenot) also took the bus to San Fran with Stewart. However, I highly doubt they stick with the Stewart/Whiteside combo all year. They'll have to deal for one, which everyone now knows they need and can make them pay in trade accordingly, or hope Bengie hasn't added on an additional 20 pounds in retirement, cause it wasn't too long ago that he was playing in the World Series and playing well. Another name mentioned by some writer was Pittsburgh's Ryan Doumit, who I'd be all for, but Pitt. probably would want too much for in return.

Then there's the shortstop situation still waiting to be resolved, although I think that will take a back seat for a week or two while the Giants figure out their catching situation. Young Hector Sanchez is tearing it up in San Jose right now, who's got 8 homers and 38 RBI hitting .313. Problem wth that, is that it would be literally throwing the 21 year-old into the fire, as he's never been above A ball and has caught only 150 games total in the minor leagues. That leaves the likes of Ivan Rodriguez, Chris Snyder and Miguel Olivo (my #2 choice behind Doumit) as the most likely targets for Sabean.

Again, I think Doumit would be choice if they can get him, then you could do a 3-way rotation with him, Posey and Brandon Belt at 1st base next season (doubt Posey catches full-time right away when he does return). However, the Pirates will want somebody in return of value like Nate Schierholtz or a prospect or two for him. Doumit does also have experience in the outfield, though not sure how good he is out there... This is just a sucky situation, and in every article I'm reading about it, you can see the sympathy in even the national writer's work, mentioning that no baseball fan wants to see that kind of stuff happen to a player like that or any player, even if your in the same division. It was very similar to the situation with Stephen Strasburgh last year, where all of baseball kind of felt for the guy after all the hype the such success early on.

Anyway, all I can say Giants fans, is keep your heads up, and lets hope this brings the team closer together and everybody steps up and fills Buster's shoes! We know this team never will quit, and there's still a long ways to go. The Giants are a first place team, reigning champs, so even with a solider down, they'll focus on baseball, and settle back in after a day or 2.
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39 Comments:

  • At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Jason Billingsley said…

    I almost cried when that happened. It's like a football injury. That normally ends seasons, so I wouldn't expect him back. But who knows, if anyone can make it back against the odds, it'd be Buster!

    Go Giants! Make it through this-

    J-Bill

     
  • At 7:07 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    Yeah, it just sucks, that's all I can think of saying without using profanity... It was just like getting punched in the stomach. My gut turned a little when I saw it, and still does. This is the Giants franchise player here.

    I just hope he comes back 100% strong for 2012, there's no way they should try and push him back this year, not with the break and ligament tears.

    Sabean has already put in a call to DC about Pudge, as has been reported on KNBR, I'm sure he'll ask about Olivo, and possibly even glorified back-ups like Ryan Hannigan, Chris Snyder or David Ross, as upgrades offensively.

    If your going to go Pudge, why not just try and lure Bengie out of retirement? Similar players, but Bengie knows this staff already, is a better hitter (check his postseason stats last year), and probably would need just a few weeks to get ready, plus you save trade resources for a SS... So I guess my choices (realistic) would go Doumit, Olivo, Bengie, then Pudge, in that order.

    I don't know what exactly Sabean will do, but I know he'll do something, and sooner rather than later would be my guess!

     
  • At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Best wishes for Buster for a speedy recovery, but let's be real here, he's 23-24, he's got 10-15 years ahead of him, no sense rushing him back and making it a career long issue.

    Take it slow as heck with him, unless, or course, he's one of those medical miracles that heal in 1/2 the time normal humans do, which Buster may be!

    I'm all for bring back Bengie! Pitchers loved him and he's nice and rested. Great clubhouse guy.. Why not, if he's interested of course.

     
  • At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Noah said…

    Bengie hates Brian Sabean and the Giants front office. I think that bridge has been burned.

     
  • At 11:17 PM, Anonymous EZ Eddy said…

    I bet if they offer him 4 million to come play for them, he'll rebuild that bridge in a hurry!

     
  • At 12:15 AM, Anonymous Steve Button said…

    MLB should outlaw "charging the plate" because any runner has an unfair advantage if he lowers himself to this violence, “clean play” or not. Charging the plate is totally unfair to the catcher who is basically stationary, often on his knees for cryin' out loud. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a runner make that play with creativity and craft. God speed your recovery Buster.

     
  • At 3:51 PM, Anonymous TommyGunnz said…

    What about using Pablo at catcher when he comes back? He's in better shape? Not sure how that would work though since they've worked him so hard at third!

     
  • At 7:41 PM, Anonymous EZ Eddy said…

    Who is Brandon Crawford amd Chris Stewart? Never heard those names before tonight, but that Crawford kid looks alright at short, that was a big grand slam!

     
  • At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Marty said…

    Put me on the Bring Back Bengie Bus!

    Remember when Timmy was actually pissed when they dealt him last year!

    Plus I like this Crawford guy, didn't know he had the pop though!

     
  • At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Posey made the comment that Cousins could have slided or crashed into him the way he did. This is a GAME and even though it is a very competitive game, the rules should be revised. Learning how to slide should be part of the training to be a player like catching, stealing bases and batting. There is no need for this to happen. He could have gotten killed! DRS Portola Valley

     
  • At 8:57 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    Noah makes a good point about Bengie and Sabean being at odds, but they both have one thing in common, wanting to win another championship (Bengie won in '02 as I'm sure we all remember well), and Bengie got to watch his friends celebrate last year first and may "deal" with playing for Sabean in order to get a chance to do that. Then again, Bengie's won a Series himself and has 2 rings (one w/SF for last year).

    You'd have to think he'd at least be tempted to rejoin his old teammates and pals and make another run at a World Series, knowing he's the man, and nobody else would be on his heels...

    As far as the Giants are concerned, it's either that or trade for somebody very average like Pudge, or trade away a good prospect or 2 for someone like Ryan Doumit or Miguel Olivo. There just aren't a lot of catchers out there on the market, at least not yet anyway.

    As far as the rule change, I don't see what they could really do. Force a guy to slide in or just get tagged out? Cause catchers are still going to block the plate, unless they change other rules as well. It's just a tough situation, cause whatever rule change they'd make, would likely cause a ripple effect in the MLB rule book and change the way base-runners and the defender tagging a player, plays the game.

     
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