Searching for MLB's best backup catcher

When someone uses the word “best” in a category I don’t know much of anything about – and let’s be honest, who does know anything about backup catchers? – I become intrigued. So this intrigued me! What’s more, we’re so close to the end of the season that it’s not too early to take stock of what we’ve seen. First, though, what would the best backup catcher look...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bochy baffled by Giant injury plague: 'It's just really unbelievable'

As the Giants try to press forward at full speed towards the top of the NL West standings in hopes of defending their World Series title, they've found themselves in quite a predicament: Their locomotion is running direly low on coal. With pitcher Tim Lincecum and catchers Hector Sanchez and Andrew Susac already out for the season, star right fielder Hunter Pence sidelined with...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Injury woes continue for Giants as catchers Susac, Sanchez out for season

The San Francisco Giants can't seem to catch a break in a season that has been plagued by injuries as they try to defend their World Series title. Soon after the Giants announced that catcher Andrew Susac has a sprain and ligament damage in his right wrist that will sideline him for the rest of the season, fellow catcher Hector Sanchez sustained strains to his left hamstring and...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants' Sanchez out for year with hamstring, ankle injuries

DENVER (AP) San Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez will miss the rest of the season after suffering a left hamstring strain and left ankle sprain. Sanchez was hurt Saturday night while trying to beat out a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning of a 7-3 Giants' win. He was forced to leave the game after the injury, limping off the field while leaning on a trainer for support....
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Injuries Continue to Dampen San Francisco Giants Playoff Hopes

(Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) The San Francisco Giants have reached a point in the season where it’s evident that the baseball god’s have simply decided that the team will never have a fully healthy starting outfield in 2015. Just as Nori Aoki was rounding back into form after missing over a month with a fracture fibula, the Giants’ left fielder suffered another fluke injury...
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August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: If Anyone Gets Traded, It's Brandon Belt

Looking over his shoulder, how apt. With the clock ticking until the MLB trade deadline, the San Francisco Giants should be willing to give up only one major piece of the team, and that’s Brandon Belt. I am one of many who have pulled for the Baby Giraffe since day one. I felt he was shoddily treated his early years in the big leagues, getting shuttled from the big club...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants place Susac on disabled list, call up Sanchez

PHOENIX (AP) The San Francisco Giants put catcher Andrew Susac on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb before Sunday's game against Arizona. Susac left Saturday's game before the bottom of the fourth inning. The Giants called up catcher Hector Sanchez from Triple-A Sacramento, and he was expected to arrive in time for Sunday's game. Susac had been All-Star Buster...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Susac, Heston help Giants beat Phillies 4-1, complete sweep

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew Susac hit a three-run homer to back Chris Heston's superb start, and the San Francisco Giants rolled past the last-place Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Heston (9-5) allowed one run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked none to help send the reigning World Series champions into the All-Star break...
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July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Mets Falter in Shutout Loss to the San Francisco Giants

New York Mets’ Curtis Granderson, left, is tagged out by San Francisco Giants catcher Andrew Susac during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in San Francisco. Granderson was attempting to score on a fly ball hit by New York Mets third baseman Ruben Tejada. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) After scoring eight runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in that series finale...
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants catcher Buster Posey passes concussion test

Giants catcher Buster Posey had a scare on Wednesday night. He took a foul tip behind the plate during the fourth inning and said he felt “off.” He later left the game. According to reports, he passed a concussion test. Per CSN Bay Area, Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke about the condition of his catcher: “We think he’s going to be fine, but we’ll check on him tomorrow...
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July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants' Posey leaves game after taking foul ball off mask

MIAMI (AP) San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey left Wednesday's game at Miami in the sixth inning after taking a foul ball off the mask earlier in the game. The Giants said Posey was being evaluated. Posey went 1 for 2 at the plate before exiting. Posey was replaced by Andrew Susac, the only other catcher on the San Francisco roster.
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Duffy is baseball’s biggest surprise

Guys drafted in the 18th round aren’t supposed to amount to much. Every once in a while you get lucky, but for the most part teams are drafting for organizational depth by then: players who might move up a level or two in the minors, but nothing more. It’s where teams draft a light-hitting infielder with a .253/.305/.289 overall college slash line with no career home runs....
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants young catcher Susac getting more time behind plate over Posey

Buster Posey has emerged once again this week as the leading All-Star vote-getter among National League catchers, and will likely start the game on July 11. Interestingly, he won’t be the Giants’ regular catcher going forward, at least for the time being.With the injuries to outfielders Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki, first baseman Brandon Belt has been playing some left field, while...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants trade rumors: Bench

The San Francisco Giants have one of the worst benches in baseball. It’s been exposed with the injuries to Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco and Nori Aoki. It’s well known the Giants will be looking for outfield help. Who might be available to make the team deeper? This is an interesting situation because the Giants only have 4 players on their bench right now. Two are Casey McGehee...
June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Tim Lincecum injured, rotation spot in question in San Francisco Giants’ Win over Colorado Rockies

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum throws to the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in San Francisco. (Mandatory Credit: George Nikitin/AP Photo) A home-run from third baseman Matt Duffy and RBI doubles from Buster Posey and Andrew Susac gave the San Francisco Giants a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over Colorado Saturday afternoon...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Posey, Susac power Giants to victory over Rockies

  Andrew Susac usually takes a back seat to Buster Posey. For at least one day, they shared the spotlight. Posey drove in two runs, and Susac had a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally the San Francisco Giants to a 7-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. The Rockies intentionally walked Posey to load the bases for Susac, who has an eight-game hitting streak...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Posey, Susac power Giants to 7-5 victory

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Buster Posey drove in two runs, and Andrew Susac had a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally the San Francisco Giants to a 7-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Matt Duffy added three hits, including a home run, for the Giants, who won three games in a homestand for the first time since sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 19-21. Nolan...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Tim Hudson Falters as San Francisco Giants Fall to Colorado Rockies

  Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez is safe at the plate as teammate Nick Hundley (4) reacts and San Francisco Giants’ catcher Andrew Susac raises his glove during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 26, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/George Nikitin) On a night where Tim Hudson was pitching for his rotational life, the 17 year veteran flashed glimpses of...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Hudson: ‘It was a weird night’

A pair of home runs from Nolan Arenado were too much for the Giants to overcome, as they dropped game one against the Rockies 8-6. The Giants struck first. Andrew Susac’s second home run of the year extended his hitting streak to a career-high seven games and gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Susac now has seven hits in his last four games. But Tim Hudson was unable to...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Return of Matt Cain and Jake Peavy Still Pose Questions for San Francisco Giants’ Rotation

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy talks to catcher Andrew Susac and Buster Posey (28) as starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) leaves during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Thursday, June 11, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) The San Francisco Giants have had a feel for when veterans Matt Cain and Jake Peavy would return for about...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants Have An Excellent Opportunity to Re-Set Their Attack

There is one safe assumption we can make about every Major League Baseball season: virtually every team will have injuries to players on the active 25 man roster. No one wants to see any ballplayer on any team get hurt, but when the inevitable does happen it can be an opportunity for teams that rarely make big changes to their every day line-ups to do some serious re-structuring...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew Susac Making a Push for More Playing Time for San Francisco Giants

Andrew Susac #34 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Buster Posey was the hero for the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night, blasting a grand slam to help the team to a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. If it weren’t...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 74 (SD at SF)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after going out to have coffee with friends & peruse the books at Barnes & Noble. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were doing that stuff I just said. The Padres (35-38) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (38-33), 6-0, last night at AT&T Park. Just like Andrew Cashner‘s start on Sunday...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants' Buster Posey praises young catcher Andrew Susac

Young Giants backup catcher Andrew Susac was praised for his work by Buster Posey following Wednesday night’s game. This is encouraging for the Giants and may put manager Bruce Bochy more at ease when not having Posey, one of the best catchers in baseball, behind the plate.According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Posey said:“If you get a catcher who can be a...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Posey Slams Padres in Win

The Giants captured an elusive home win with a 6-0 trouncing of the Padres on Wednesday night at AT&T Park. It looked like San Francisco’s offense would continue their struggles, as they were held hitless through the first two innings. But then came the bottom of the third. Andrew Susac reached to lead off the inning on an error from Will Middlebrooks. Gregor Blanco followed...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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