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Buster Posey injures left leg in collision at home plate

May 26, 2011, 2:37 AM EDT

Scott Cousins, Buster Posey AP

UPDATE: Posey had an MRI and x-rays. Andrew Baggarly spoke with a team official afterward. The official didn’t reveal the results, but he said “not good.”  Baggarly asked if the leg was broken. The response: “Not good.”  That’s, well, not good. Not good at all.

2: 37 AM: 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his lower left leg in a collision with Scott Cousins at home plate in the 12th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins.

Cousins scored on the sac fly after bowling over Posey, giving the Marlins a 7-6 lead in the contest.  They won by that score after Burke Badenhop pitched a scoreless bottom of the 12th.

Posey’s injury looks like the story of the game, though.  He was unable to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field.  It appeared his leg got trapped under his body as Cousins plowed into him, and the fear is that Posey’s ankle snapped as a result.

The video is here.

If Posey is going to miss a couple of months, it will be interesting to see if the Giants decide to check out Bengie Molina‘s availability.  Molina, a longtime Giant, was made expendable by Posey’s arrival last year and got traded to the Rangers as a result.  At least initially, the Giants would go with Eli Whiteside as their starting catcher and likely add Chris Stewart as a backup.

  1. Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 3:31 AM

    That was a clean hit, though it was tough to watch. Looks like Posey fell back over his left leg. Owwww. It almost looks like a replay of when J. T. Snow ploughed into Pudge Rodriguez at the end of the Feesh-Jints league championship series in 2003. Just hope Posey is alright – a couple of days ago I read a piece somewhere that Giants were already concerned about all the foul tips Posey has taken off his Gulliver this season. This won’t help.

    • skerney - May 26, 2011 at 3:48 AM

      The hit Snow put on Pudge was one of the hardest I’ve ever seen. Pudge is usually immovable and snow almost flipped him. Pudge held on and the rest is history. By the way, if Snow would have stopped at third Bonds would have been up. All this talk about Mauer and Posey HAVING to stay behind the plate because they are soooo good at the toughest defensive position means nothing if they get hurt and or wore down and their careers are cut short. Posey can play first, Mauer can DH. Two bright young stars who are the faces of two great franchises are going to an early retirement if this keeps up. You can sacrifice Eli Whiteside and Drew Butera, not Posey and Mauer.

      • kiwicricket - May 26, 2011 at 7:02 AM

        I agree with you both, but it’s going to be interesting to see(in Mauer’s case) if the Twinkies adopt a $20M DH sooner rather than later.

      • seattlej - May 26, 2011 at 9:22 AM

        Agreed, with a caveat. I think Mauer is probably athletic enough to adapt to a position other than DH. I would think the Twinkies would try him in the IF or OF before deciding he’s a career DH.

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

        I was about five rows back from the rail in the field boxes just to the left of home plate for the Snow/Pudge train wreck. I could hear the “thud” of the collision, hear both guys grunt and see blobs of sweat fly off of Pudge at the hit, and Pudge was flat on his ass – and then, almost immediately, thrust up his had with the ball to show the ump he had it. On the drive home one of the Feesh commented to whomever the radio interviewer was, “Pudge wasn’t letting go of that ball if he had been hit by an eighteen wheeler.”

        But Snow knocked Pudge cleanly over. Posey went over using his left foot as a fulcrum – I strongly suspect he broke his ankle. Ugly thing to watch.

    • gogigantos - May 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Gator, with a world of respect to you and your dinosaur kin, gotta disagree on a level or two. Yes, was a clean hit in the NFL or WWF. J.T. grew up in a football family and baseball has a long history of less than honorable contact at the plate that should change. Always done so doesn’t mean it is right. Us aged reptiles may be slow to change, but if our loved are to survive, maybe we need to stop wasting our youth as we wasted ours. Dude made a decision, in a life death evolutionary hunter prey kinda way half way down from third to go for the head, like L.T. wired to the hippo-campus, and made his play,, plate or head, score or score,,, clean play for sure, still it is, was, and always will be ugly, some things need to evolve to survive,, damn Feesh in S.F. are often a problem, a lifetime of nightmares return tonight,,,, I’ll take my ancient croc DNA against your gator DNA anytime old man,,,, rest in fear, please

  2. paperlions - May 26, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    I don’t like the play. Posey was barely blocking any of the plate, and that was only because he started to sweep across late. Cousins went out of his way to run over Posey, who wasn’t between the runner and the plate and didn’t even have the ball.

    Why is it allowed to run over the catcher in these situations but not the SS, 2B, or 3B on plays at other bases? And if it is allowed, why don’t players do it at those other bases? Similarly, you can’t slap the ball out of any other players glove (see ARod play), but you can at home? You never see players in a run down run over a fielder in an attempt to knock the ball loose. Why is that? In plays where the pitcher is covering first, should runners start steam rolling the pitcher before he gets to the bag? That’s essentially the same play.

    People love to rip Boras because he works hard to represent his clients and give them good advice. Very smart that he stated unequivocally that Harper is not and will not be a catcher. If you can hit, there is just no reason to subject yourself to that punishment and shorter your career.

    • Phillies Homer - May 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM

      I gotta agree with your first paragraph. That hit seemed malicious and really unnecessary. I think Cousins gets in safely by going around the tag. You can tell that Posey wasn’t expecting to get hit, and like you said, was sweeping back to apply a tag.

      That sucks… Posey, as much as I hated him last October, is a hell of a ball player and a good guy in baseball. Hopefully he comes back sooner rather than later.

    • hcf95688 - May 26, 2011 at 9:49 AM

      If thats true, then Cousins is now my favorite player.

    • Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      Paperlions: I’ve run the video several times now and I can’t agree with your read of the play. All of Posey’s momentum at the time of the hit was to his left and he was blocking nearly all of the plate with his upper torson when Cousins hit him. Cousins was running slightly to his right of the line and lowered his shoulder in the direction – his left – from which Posey was moving, but kept running straight ahead until the last second when he angled himself towards the middle of the plate. I don’t see anything “malicious” whatsoever about this play – it’s not like, say, that sociopath Nyjer Morgan going out of the basepaths to knock him over. Cousins’ body passed directly over the center of the plate during and after the collision. It’s the runner’s obligation to cross that plate and Cousins did exactly what he was supposed to do. Posey, on the other hand, was not in control of the ball and positioned himself to block Cousins before he had it. It’s unfortunate that Posey was injured but that’s an inherent risk of his position and a consequence more of the way he positioned himself than of anything Cousins did.

      • paperlions - May 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM

        Cousins turned toward Posey and decided to barrel him over before Posey even tried to field the ball and started his turn. The runner made the decision to run him over instead of sliding into the plate when the catcher wasn’t in the way. It was an unnecessary play by Cousins, all he had to do was slide into home and he is easily safe, he went out of his way to run over Posey instead.

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        You need to watch it again. Cousins was in no position to slide, since he was leaning forward as he ran the last few feet to the plate, and he could clearly see Posey shifting towards his (Posey’s) left. Try stopping the action at the moment of impact: Cousins and Posey make contact just as Posey has shifted his upper body across the front of the plate, and Cousins crosses directly over the plate with no deflection of his course from four or five feet back. That’s hardly what you could call turning into Posey for the hell of it. It’s heading directly for the plate – which, once again, is exactly what he’s supposed to do.

      • paperlions - May 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        I don’t need to watch it again. He turn into the 1st base side as he started his lean. He made the decision to go away from the plate and to run over Posey when Posey wasn’t blocking the plate.

        Cousins could have been and should have been in a position to slide. It was his own doing that he was in no position to do so when Posey started to move. Cousins made the choice to run over the catcher instead of to touch home plate ASAP and he made that Choice when Posey wasn’t blocking any of the plate…if you need confirmation of this…just check out the screen cap in the “should catchers be banned” post. If Posey catches the ball Cousins is out. In contrast, if Cousins slides into the plate (which is what all players should be doing), he scores easily and no one is hurt.

    • gogigantos - May 26, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      plate was not blocked half way down the line,, O.G. decision was made to go for the kill, not the plate before the Posey had the ball and turned to make a tag like an infielder there was plenty of plate to get to,, this was ugly stuff,, I remember Pudge sitting on the plate, may be wrong on that, memory cells aren’t what they ever should have been, I also know that J.T. was on his last legs as a player and his dad taught him well to hit guys in the head with your forearms, linebacker was old man Snow? ,, I remember in a fog of clear young cells Pete Rose being wrong about it too,,, On all sides they say this was a clean funeral, said so too for Mr Fosse,, and next time it won’t be any more right.

    • gogigantos - May 26, 2011 at 12:58 PM

      there will be no no no no no no return of a Molina, Benjie or otherwise to the lineup in SF
      no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no
      no

  3. halladaysbicepts - May 26, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    I had to copy in a couple of tweets recently posted by ESPN/Buster Olney this morning in regards to the Posey injury. Olney is a bigger idiot than I thought. He wants MLB and the Players Association to ban the play of a catcher blocking home plate? What a moron. It’s part of the game. Sh*t happens!

    Buster_ESPN: Re: blocking home plate. The answer of “That’s the way it’s always been done” is not a good enough answer. Have C’s tag runners like 2B, 3B.Reply |

    RetweetBuster_ESPN: MLB and the Players Association should step in and ban the play of a catcher blocking home. It’s just not worth it, for anyone involved.

    Reply | RetweetBuster_ESPN: Re Posey: In the big-picture question of risk/reward,the play of blocking home plate, to save one run, is just not worth it. Not even close.Reply | Retweet

    • paperlions - May 26, 2011 at 8:21 AM

      Except for the fact that the rules clearly state that a fielder is not allowed to block the runners progress if that fielder does not have the ball, you are correct. In other words, when he doesn’t have the ball, a catcher that is in the base bath or blocking the plate is breaking the rules and such plays should not be permitted or encouraged. Either enforce the rule or change it.

      In other news, you are not a bigger idiot than I thought.

      • halladaysbicepts - May 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM

        Dude, go f yourself, seriously. I told you before not to respond to my posts.

        This is my last response to any of your posts in the future, which I’m sure you will continue to reply to me anyway. Just know that you don’t know sh*t about baseball.

      • paperlions - May 26, 2011 at 8:46 AM

        At least I know the rules.

      • tomemos - May 26, 2011 at 9:48 AM

        You don’t get to tell someone not to respond to your posts. That makes no sense. If you say something he disagrees with, he’s going to tell you that. Why don’t you just say “No one ever gets to respond to my posts,” so that it looks like everyone agrees with you?

        Better yet, why don’t you just move on to greener pastures? I don’t think threads have exactly been improved by your appearance—in fact, every thread now is “The halladaysbicepts Show.”

      • gogigantos - May 26, 2011 at 12:12 PM

        Mr bicepts,, man sometimes you are just a rude ass
        discuss, sarcasm, wit, and digs at the quality of other teams fans,,,,
        nobody gets personal faster or ruder faster than you and you give yours a bad name, and sometimes make following along difficult,,
        man, sometimes you are just out of line,, settle down son

    • uberfatty - May 26, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      Let’s take an informal poll about who the real idiot is:

      a) “it’s a part of the game” & “Shit happens”

      or

      b) using the rulebook to determine if a play is against the rules

      Halladay, do you approve of LeBron walking for 4 steps and no traveling is called, or an umpire expanding the strike zone on a 3-0 count, because “that’s the way it has always been called”? Youare correct, shit happens. Shit like the umpires not enforcing a rule.

      • halladaysbicepts - May 26, 2011 at 9:44 AM

        I’ll state this as simply as I can. There are certain rules that are not enforced, regardless of the sport, because it has always been accepted as just the way the game is played. Catchers blocking the plate is one of them in baseball. Ther are allowed to do it and rightfully so because it’s been part of the game for over a century.

        People like you probably have never played baseball in your life and probably never knocked up a play to win at any cost. That’s what it is all about.

        Go back to reading your rule books, studying your fantasy sheets for you leagues, and collecting your baseball cards and leave the real sports talk up to the adults. Either way I don’t care.

      • tomemos - May 26, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        “Ther are allowed to do it and rightfully so because it’s been part of the game for over a century.”

        That argument amounts to, “They’re allowed to do it because they’re allowed to do it.” Not convincing. Pitchers used to be allowed to shine up the ball and hitters used to be allowed to come to the plate without a helmet on.

      • uberfatty - May 26, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        Halladay – every time someone disagrees with something that you say, you end up resorting to ad hominem attacks rather than engaging in meaningful debate. Why is that?

      • gogigantos - May 26, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        Mr bicepts,, cuz it has always been done that way
        lemmings running off a cliff for how long doesn’t make it right
        spouting off cuz it has always been done, cuz you paid your way,, doesn’t make it any more enjoyable for anyone else save your own selfish ass

    • halladaysbicepts - May 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      tomemos,

      Move on to greener pastures? Really. Who made you a moderator? Did HBT give you a job to tell people not to post here anymore?

      I have never read anything thoughtful or intelligent from you. As a matter of fact, I can’t recall (1) post that you have ever written.

      The Halladaybicepts show? Really? Last time I checked, there is a big Philly presence on this board. Without people like me responding to this blog, there probably would be a lot less traffic and, therefore, less interest.

      If you don’t like it, you can get lost. Because, like I said, I can”t even recall one of your posts. Ever.

      • sportsdrenched - May 26, 2011 at 10:13 AM

        Ok, seriously. Get over yourself. I lurk more than I post. But people don’t read Blogs because of a certain poster. If you think you’ve got such unique insight that you want to develop your own following go start your own Blog. If you do that you can also ban certain posters from replying to you.

        Until then you might want to consider thicker skin.

      • halladaysbicepts - May 26, 2011 at 10:24 AM

        sportsdrenched,

        Your another one that likes to moderate. Never saw a comment from you either ever on this blog.

        This started with me and another poster that is a douche. I responded to him and no one else. Then, tomemos and you decide to get involved and moderate.

        Get over myself? Are you f ing joking? Why not post in regards to the baseball discussion at hand rather than be a moderator?

      • Alex K - May 26, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        But you were trying to moderate paperlions by telling him not to respond to your posts. They were doing the same thing to you.

      • gogigantos - May 26, 2011 at 12:17 PM

        maybe this heaven for sarcasm, snark and even some discussion needs a moderator,, jesus man,, settle down

  4. sportsdrenched - May 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    I don’t particularly care for the argument that “It’s always been done this way.”

    However, I think this is something that should be left up to the players involved. Not reporters and bloggers reacting to an unfortunate injury.

    If the MLBPA on their own wants blocking the plate outlawed they certainly have the clout to get it done. Especially the Catchers.

  5. Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Kids, what are you doing down there in the basement?

    Making love.

    That’s nice. Don’t fight.

  6. gogigantos - May 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    up to the players,, Los Gigantos players seem to agree that it was clean. It has long been discussed that Posey would not block the plate. I don’t see that he was, plenty of plate to get to without going all football to score. Man alive, that was a football play. Good hard baseball, fine,,, not necessary and hard to watch any player blown up like that. Yes, s**t happens and as Kruk said, “It is the law of the land”. Still don’t much make it or any play like it right. Just sayin,,,

  7. gogigantos - May 26, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    he did not go into the plate,, he went in head hunting like a linebacker hitting the hole,, everytime this has happened I haven’t liked it,, Posey was turning to make a tag, not not not blocking the plate,, this was ball, this was clean and hard nosed,,, this was ugly,, Gator, so was J.T.,, football family and all, it was ugly then, and is ugly now,, and, Mr. Bicepts, like lemmings, it will continue,, I hope it doesn’t happen to one of your squad.
    I watch on MLB.TV from Taiwan these days, Miller and Kruk sounded like it was a funeral, and the only comment from the Gigantos staff is, “not good”. I’ve broken a few legs, my own more than once, and “not good” is, well, not good,, Gigantos retool again and will end up ruling the West, and shocking the Phils,,, again,,, :)

  8. aimalittletpot - May 26, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    This demands a serious look at rules change! As a several decade baseball fan I have never liked nor agreed with a rule that lets a strong, fast athlete plow into a stationary target, shoulder-first, at full speed. Ridiculous! The rule should NOT permit the catcher to completely block the plate, but should also require that the runner *slide*

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