Buster Posey Doesn’t Deserve All The Heat Heading His Direction

by Frank Pimentel | Posted on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
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By now you have all seen the Memorial Day Brawl that everyone in baseball corners has discussed in length. Hunter Strickland drilled Bryce Harper with a 98 mph heater right off the back in a personal vendetta that dates back to the 2014 NLDS.

Major League Baseball has since come down with suspensions from the scuffle including 6 games for the San Francisco Giants reliever and 4 games for the Washington Nationals superstar. Much of the conversation in the aftermath has come down on Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey and his lack of support for his pitcher while Harper charged the mound (as seen in the video below).

Now let me start by saying I am biased here as I am as big of a Buster Posey supporter as they get, and I personally believe that there is a combination of reasons why Posey chose to stand behind the dish and not enter the fray. First, Posey suffered a severe injury back in 2011 after a collision at the plate and is far too valuable to the team to be getting injured in a fight that he more than likely doesn’t support.

Posey is a three-time World Series champion, former Most Valuable Player, four-time All-Star, Golden Spikes Award Winner, World Baseball Classic Champion with Team USA and a gold glover just to highlight some of his career accomplishments. Word may have come down from the top front office and coaching staff that in any skirmish, Posey needs to remain removed from the altercation as he is far too valuable to the team. In fact, when Manager

Posey is a three-time World Series champion, former Most Valuable Player, four-time All-Star, Golden Spikes Award Winner, World Baseball Classic Champion with Team USA and a gold glover just to highlight some of his career accomplishments. Word may have come down from the top front office and coaching staff that in any skirmish, Posey needs to remain removed from the altercation as he is far too valuable to the team. In fact, when Manager Bruce Bochy came onto the field the first guy he went to was Posey who was towards the back of the pile and still, the Manager escorted him further away from the pile.

Another reason why Posey took a back seat in the incident is Strickland could have alerted his teammates his intentions to get redemption on Harper and if the star charged him, he wanted him all to himself. After all, Strickland is 6’4″ and 220 pounds and can certainly hold his own as we saw in the fight.

Even the other infielders stood back and were delayed in getting to the hill, further signaling Strickland wanted to go mano a mano with Harper. Lastly, Posey may have just not agreed with Strickland’s reasoning on drilling Harper three years later and was in no hurry to defend a pitcher whose decision he was not firmly behind.

Now I know there will be those that call Posey “soft” and a “bad teammate” for not coming to his pitcher’s aid, but bottom line, end of story is he is just too valuable to the Giants in contending for the postseason to risk possible injury in a scrum were body parts and fists are flying. That’s what Michael Morse is for, as you saw, he charged into the pile and that is a guy you can afford to lose and is tough enough to hold his own.

Basically, lay off the hate and negativity towards Buster Posey. But it sure is awesome to see a real baseball brawl again and the amount of conversation and entertainment it provides the sport is always refreshing.

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  • Mario Spagetti Os

    We concur. As some of us do fight well and others of us are surgeons, who fight well too.

  • William Baltz

    What a simpering concoction of apologist conjecture. Only paragraphs one and four are of print/publication worthiness; the first being true, a self-admitted, blog-like hero worship drivel and the fourth is conceivable, nonetheless, still supposition. The rest, … well at least pixels are cheaper than ink. Posey, undeniably a star, but obviously he won’t be confused with Johnny Roseboro vis-a-vis taking one for his pitcher and the team. If so valuable, maybe Buster should be moved from catching forthwith – ya never know what foul tip may have his name on it. Face it, this is all of what’s really known from the incident – Harper, Strickland can be a jerks, Posey, an all-star, and as a catcher, all too human. So basically, no hate, no negativity, just criticism of the observed.







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