The Posey Film

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Giants catcher Buster Posey was injured in a home plate collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins.

You can see the clip here.

The reactionary nature by some is so over-the-top, arrogant and self-interested that they’re bordering on parody.

We’re seeing said arrogance from the likes of Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated who evidently anointed himself the arbiter of propriety as he applauded Cousins on Twitter with the following:

cousins so broken up about injuring posey he couldnt sleep (via @joecapMarlins). very human reax. good to hear.#marlins, #SFGiants

And if Cousins said, “It was a clean play; I didn’t want to hurt him and I slept fine,” does that make him an evil entity worthy of public scorn?

Buster Olney wants to eliminate collisions (the solidarity of the Busters?); Posey’s agent had a conniption fit.

Analysis of the clip is reaching the level of the Zapruder Film of the Kennedy assassination with slow motion, freeze frames, measurements and discoveries of that which is not there. Cousins had a split-second to decide whether to run over the Posey or slide around him; Posey moved to the front of the plate to get the throw and while he wasn’t blocking the plate directly, he was close enough for Cousins to decide to run into him not for the sake of it, but because that was one of his two options.

The caste system of players is extending from off-field perks to on-field floating rules and regulations designed to “protect” the game’s stars. It’s as if Posey, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez are up here; Scott Cousins and lesser players are down there.

So had Cousins been the one to get injured, would there have been this call to outlaw collisions? Were there similar bouts of hand-wringing and whining when, in a 1996 collision with Johnny Damon, journeyman Chad Kreuter fractured and dislocated his shoulder and experienced internal bleeding in his stomach days later and nearly died?

Is it that it’s Posey—a star player, integral to the Giants success—that’s the catalyst for the sudden revulsion at home plate collisions? What would be said if Cousins tried to slide around Posey and broken his own leg? Would anyone care? Or if Cousins was tagged out clearly avoiding the contact, would anyone be saying, “why didn’t he run him over?”

This is similar to when one wonders why they decided to take one street over another and had an accident because of circumstance; there’s nothing that can be done about it and the attitude that because it’s Posey and not a lesser player is selective and somewhat pompous.

Nothing can be done to change it and any immediate response to reduce the risk of a home plate collision happening again will do more harm than good.

You can’t regulate a home plate collision any more than you can stop a hit by pitch or a torn hamstring running the bases.

MLB shouldn’t bend to the whimsical response to a player getting injured by outlawing home plate collisions. There’s no reason to outlaw them.

It was a clean play without any intent; it’s part of the game.

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