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Giants aren’t ready to take Buster Posey out from behind the plate yet

Aug 22, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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Buster Posey‘s numbers this season are significantly better when he starts at first base than when he starts at catcher, but that’s not enough for the Giants to move him out from behind home plate just yet, as CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly writes. Posey has posted a .961 OPS in 22 games as a first baseman and a .749 OPS in 88 games as a catcher.

Posey doesn’t seem interested in a move, either, as he was apparently in a squat in manager Bruce Bochy’s office when he was asked if he felt good enough to catch Friday night in Washington against the Nationals, a day after catching 14 innings at Wrigley Field.

Baggarly clarifies in the article that, even though the Giants could potentially lose third baseman Pablo Sandoval to free agency, Posey would only move to first base, not to third base. Bochy expounded:

“It’s easier on the body playing first base,” Bochy said. “There’s a lot of activity at first base and you can’t drift mentally, but it is easier. … It makes sense that he probably should hit a little bit more.”

As for third base, Bochy said, “His hands, his arm, everything would work. But it would take a lot of work.”

Posey, 27, enters tonight’s game against the Nationals with an OPS about 50 points below that of last year, slashing .284/.345/.438 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI. He is in the second year of a nine-year, $167 million extension signed with the Giants in March 2013.

  1. asimonetti88 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Posey isn’t a bad defensive catcher so I guess it makes sense. They can’t keep him there forever and not expect him to start declining though. They’ll move him eventually but not yet.

    • dan1111 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:56 AM

      One might expect Posey to hit a bit better without the stress of catching. However, there is little reason to think that the true difference is as big as it has been this year. Permanently moving him based on a 22 game sample size would be silly. He has far more value as a good-hitting catcher than a great-hitting first baseman.

  2. sabatimus - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    If they move Posey, does that mean we can throw the stupid new rule out the window?

  3. idahonick - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Idiot, on cue.

    • sabatimus - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      Correct. You posted.

  4. sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Tis a couple of math problems only…

    First, for this year for sure as they aren’t out of it yet, the playoff chase…

    Take Posey’s numbers at first base and then the numbers of whoever they have catching when he isn’t.

    “Add” those two up if you will, not really but you know what I mean.

    Then compare their total production (Posey at 1st and whoever catching) to that of Posey’s lower numbers behind the plate with the numbers of whoever is at first.

    The best total production between the two should win out for most of the remaining games…

    Now, due to the millions and millions and years left on his deal, if they don’t feel they have a catcher they’re comfortable with if the move Posey to first base permanently, they need to find him because at some point they’ll need to move Posey to first all the time.

    I don’t follow the Giants and I don’t know their roster. But if their combined production is better with Posey at first and whoever else catching, they should go that route while trying to make the post season…

  5. themagicfanguy - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    So speaking the truth makes you an idiot? Okay. Be mad if you want, it’s the truth and you know it.

  6. idahonick - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    What truth? There was nothing in the comment that was true or false. It was an idiot comment because it was beside the point; it was some idiot pushing his or her irrelevant agenda.

  7. zdravit - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    He screwed up the game, so now he’s free to move.

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