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“Buster Posey must be allowed to wear an armored exoskeleton at all times”

May 27, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

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“The Dugout” has moved around a lot over the years, but it is still my favorite place for faux-chat-room-style-humor. Really, it stands head and shoulders above its competitors in this regard.

Today’s entry is a great example of what makes it so … um, great: Bud Selig and Jeff Berry saying in The Dugout what everyone else is afraid to say in public: that the reason we’re all so worked up over catcher-collision rules now is because one of the handsome, white marketable catchers who plays for a marquee team got hurt and not, like, Ronny Paulino.

To steal a line from the back of a late 80s paperback book lying on my desk, we laugh in self-defense.

  1. spudchukar - May 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    I was of the opinion that was understood.

  2. halladaysbicepts - May 27, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    The only thing I didn’t like about this whole ordeal was that the agent and Buster Olney were calling on baseball to eliminate heavy catcher/baserunner contact. That was out of line.They were overreacting in the heat of the moment.

    That being said, I hope this kid’s injury isn’t career ending. I don’t think, when/if he returns, that he will ever catch again.

  3. jwbiii - May 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Carlton Fisk tore knee ligaments in 1974. He caught a few more games after that.

  4. jwbiii - May 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    A more thoughtful but less humorous take on the subject from Clay Davenport.

  5. royalsfaninfargo - May 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    today is the 20th anniversary of rodney mccray. dont remember him? have a look

    • royalsfaninfargo - May 27, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      just wanted to show buster isnt the only one in the last 20 years to take a hard hit!

  6. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 27, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    The first comment says it all, “Buster, you’re such a pussy”.

    • bigdicktater - May 27, 2011 at 8:33 PM

      Would that be Olney or Posey you’re calling a “pussy”?

  7. samu0034 - May 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Look, maybe I’m missing something, but what does his being white have to do with anything?

  8. APBA Guy - May 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Go back and look at Craig’s 3 adjectives: “handsome, white, marketable.” Keep those in mind when you compare the fuss and concern made about Posey’s collision to Carlos Santana’s from last year. Also bear in mind Posey plays for a WS winning team, not a last place one, etc..Then draw your own conclusions.

  9. samu0034 - May 27, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    If Jesus Montero got called up, and the same thing happened to him, we’d be having this same conversation. It’s because he’s a reigning Rookie of the Year, from a World Series winning team. Yeah, he’s young, and handsome, and marketable, but those are not the sole provinces of white players.

  10. corvusrex96 - May 27, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    If a fielder blocks the basepath to any other base (1st, 2nd or 3rd) the runner is called safe, except home plate where somehow it is acceptable to stand in the way of a guy going full speed and get your clock cleaned, and then everyone is wringing their hands , and the runner, the runner ??? must explain his actions to the media. F that Posey should explain why he allowed himself to be injured.

    • tomemos - May 27, 2011 at 11:42 PM

      Watch the replay and tell me that Buster was blocking the runner’s path to the plate, you ass.

      • corvusrex96 - May 28, 2011 at 7:39 AM

        guess he better get his “ass” out of the way next time

  11. aceshigh11 - May 27, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Any thoughts about moving Posey out of the catcher position?

    I’ve thought the same thing about Mauer.

    Yes, on the one hand it IS great and unusual to have a good defensive catcher who’s also a helluva offensive player (Bench, Berra, Pudge Rodriguez, etc.)…

    …but on the other, the physical wear over the years has to worry the team. It sometimes seem more practical to move them to a position where they’ll have less chance of injury and wear to the body.

    I know baseball players are a proud lot, so it probably won’t happen.

  12. lust4kix - May 27, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    With players getter bigger, stronger, and faster every year the NFL had the good sense to change the rules to prevent players, whatever their color or status, from getting permanently disabled or killed by spearing other player, amoung other injury prevention rules. It’s time baseball did the same. It’s only a matter of time before we see it in baseball, someone killed diving into the plate and the catcher blocks the plate and bang, he’s dead. Sometimes change is good. I want to see great players at every position. There’s room for discussion about where the catcher could set up for a play at the plate, a play-at-the-plate box so to speak. Why wait for a catastrophe before the inevitible happens…these guys have families too.

    • JBerardi - May 27, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      Dude, if you seriously believe that the NFL is safer than baseball now, I have quite a number of bridges you might be interested in purchasing…

      • lust4kix - May 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM

        Dude, it’s the injury prevention thing…

  13. dandifesto - May 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Bust her what? If this player wasn’t a superstar i.e. Greg OlsonBraves 1992,no one would say anything about changing the rules. Also, he set up for that play poorly. You have a split second to do it, but he just set up to get smashed.

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