Found February 20, 2012 on
Larry Brown Sports:
Buster Posey is heading into 2012 with a new job description. As an MLB catcher, it was once Posey’s job to block the plate if it was the only way he could make an out on a tag play at home. After suffering a gruesome injury by blocking the plate last season, Giants manager Bruce Bochy has ordered his star catcher to find other ways to apply the tag this season.
“I don’t want him blocking the plate right now,” Bochy said Sunday according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’ve already talked to Buster about this. There are ways you can make the tag without blocking the plate. I’ll take it out of Buster’s hands. As a manager, that’s my job. I certainly don’t want people to think he’s backing off on his own. It’s something we’ll work on him with this spring.”
If you ask Buster, however, he will tell you that blocking the plate wasn’t what got him hurt last season. While he says he accepts the fact that Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins has apologized for the play, he is still not spea
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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has told catcher Buster Posey not to block home plate this upcoming season. The Giants lost Posey for most of the 2011 MLB season last May after a collision at home plate with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins. Posey tore three ligaments in his left ankle and broke a bone in his lower part of his leg. According to USA Today at spring training...
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