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Giants camp to be all Buster Posey, all the time

Feb 18, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

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I don’t believe we ever officially welcomed Andrew Baggarly to the fold over here. Already my favorite Giants beat writer, he just made the move from the San Jose Mercury News to CSN Bay Area, where he’ll continue covering the team.

Baggarly today provides a full rundown on the current plans for Buster Posey, who is coming back from last year’s gruesome ankle injury. He’s all ready to play and he’ll catch a couple of pitchers during the first official workouts in Giants camp on Sunday, but he’ll also have a light workload initially in camp and he might spend some time at first base in an effort to keep him strong.

If you want more details than that, go read the full article. Or just do it anyway. We’re all one big happy family here under the Comcast umbrella.

Except, of course, I have to pick on Baggarly now, because he closes his article with this:

Everyone knows it: Posey’s recovery is the most significant storyline for the Giants this spring and it’s integral to their chances to reestablish themselves in the NL West. It’s no surprise that a large number of national media members have requested time with him after Sunday’s workout. The Giants arranged a news conference setting to deal with the requests.

Maybe it won’t be on par with the annual “State of Barry” news events. But Posey is every bit as important to the Giants as Barry Bonds used to be.

No. No way. Not even close. Probably no one since Babe Ruth has ever been as important to his team as Barry Bonds used to be. Forget for a moment about how he got to be the player he was and just amaze at the numbers: Bonds posted an OPS over 1.000 in 13 straight seasons, topping out at 1.422. He won seven NL MVP awards, including four in a row from 2001-04. Those four seasons rank fourth, second, eighth and first all-time on the single-season OPS list.

I’m a big Buster Posey fan, but the odds are against him winning even one NL MVP award. His health is a huge key to the Giants’ chances this season. But the Giants did manage to go 86-76 without him last year. When Bonds missed most of 2005, the Giants slipped from 91 wins to 75.

  1. skerney - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Welcome to Kable Town Baggs

  2. dreadpiratesteve - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Matthew, I don’t think Bags is comparing Posey to Bonds from an ability standpoint. I think he is more making the point that, like Bonds, Posey is now the Giants offensive centerpiece. Look at the offensive tailspin the Giants entered into after Posey was lost. it very likely cost them a playoff berth.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      I know it’s just a line at the end of the column, but I think he could have phrased it differently.

      Posey is an extremely important player and going from him to Whiteside is a massive downgrade. Still, replacing Bonds with even a terrific fourth outfielder would have been a bigger one.

      • dreadpiratesteve - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        I agree with you there. Steroid allegations aside, Bonds was a generational talent from an athletic and tools perspective. Posey is a helluva player but he doesn’t have Bonds’ tools. Though almost no one else does either.

  3. jimbo1949 - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    O T
    College Baseball doubleheader on MLBTV, yeah I’m desperate.

  4. icanspeel - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    It’s funny because they were 27-21 when he got injured.. only 6 games over .500 yet finished 10 games over .500.

    • jimbo1949 - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Using your line of reasoning, 27/21 would extrapolate to 91/71 over a 162 game season.
      Of course all estimates are just that and your mileage may vary, but that works out to 20 games over .500 and good enough for the WC slot.

  5. racksie - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Oh, and Bonds cheated his way to all those numbers. At least the Hall of Fame won’t have to worry about addressing it. He’s not going to sniff that place.

  6. nogoodtomedead - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    For all of Bonds numbers he could bring home a World Series title. And while Posey isn’t the same offensive force, his role not only in the offense but in handling the league’s best pitching staff in his rookie year did. That’s why he is as important as Bonds. Winning isn’t about numbers- Posey is the heart of the team- something Bonds never even tried to be.

    • nogoodtomedead - Feb 18, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      He couldn’t bring home a title I mean

      • clydeserra - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM

        Forgive me its been a few years, but wasn’t the giants 2002 rotation something like Livan HErnandez, Kirk Reuter, RUss Ortiz, and Jason Schmidt?

        There was not much Barry Bonds could do about that.

  7. mayorshoe - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Craig, it is misleading to quote all the gaudy numbers without pointing out that most if not all were performance enhanced. Buster is the linchpin and just as important to this team as Barryroid was to the prior Giants, but Buster is pure and we can root for him.

  8. mayorshoe - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    oooooops, meant Matthew. Sorry about that.

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