Giants catcher and reigning NL Rookie of the Year, Buster Posey broke his left ankle and may have torn ligaments in his leg after a homeplate collision in last night’s 12 inning loss to the Florida Marlins. The 24-year-old sensation will likely miss the remainder of the season and will leave a huge hole to fill in the San Francisco Giants lineup.
It is a very sad day for Giants fans. Posey was beginning to swing the bat well again and was our cleanup hitter in our always-struggling lineup. It is sad to see an unnecessary collision lead to an injury that could jeopardize the career of one of the future superstars in the MLB. Posey’s agent, Jeff Berry, has already begun a campaign to change the MLB’s rules regarding plays at the plate. Berry had this to say…
“You leave players way too vulnerable. I can tell you Major League Baseball is less than it was before [Posey’s injury]. It’s stupid. I don’t know if this ends up leading to a rule change, but it should. The guy [at the plate] is too exposed. If you go helmet to helmet in the NFL, it’s a $100,000 fine, but in baseball, you have a situation in which runners are [slamming into] fielders. It’s brutal. It’s borderline shocking. It just stinks for baseball. I’m going to call Major League Baseball and put this on the radar. Because it’s just wrong.”
The Giants have called up Brandon Belt and perennial minor-leaguer Chris Stewart to replace Posey’s presence in the lineup. Belt is expected to start on a regular basis at 1B and in the OF, while Stewart will likely split time with Eli Whiteside at the catcher position.
756sports wishes Buster Posey a speedy recovery from a gruesome injury.