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Greg Amsinger does it again by calling Buster Posey walk-off homer (Video)

Greg Amsinger is the closest thing to a baseball psychic we have in this world. Remember when the MLB Network analyst absolutely nailed his prediction of Mike Trout driving in Derek Jeter with a double in Jeter’s final All-Star game? Amsinger did it again with Buster Posey’s walk-off home run on Wednesday night.

“I’ve got that feeling in my bad knee, just so you know,” Amsinger said when Posey strolled to the plate with a runner on first in the ninth. “My bad knee never lets me down. … All I’m saying is we might get a, ‘IT IS OUT OF HERE.’ So let’s listen in live on MLB Tonight.”

The second Amsinger said that and they started listening in, Posey hit a towering shot down the left field line. And wouldn’t you know it, the ball cleared the wall and we heard, “IT IS OUT OF HERE!” Amsinger reacted accordingly.

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Plenty of analysts throw mud at the wall in situations like that and hope that it sticks, but Amsinger seems to nail these predictions in detail. The man just might be The Baseball Whisperer.

H/T Eye on Baseball

San Francisco Giants lose run for batting Buster Posey out of order

A blunder with the batting order cost the San Francisco Giants a run scored on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Leadoff batter Gregor Blanco started off the bottom of the first with a double off Stephen Fife. Marco Scutaro moved Blanco to third on a sacrifice, and catcher Buster Posey came up after that. Posey knocked in Blanco with an RBI double, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly noticed something was wrong and protested.

Mattingly recognized that the Giants’ official scorecard had Pablo Sandoval batting third and Posey fourth.

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Mattingly said something to the umpires before the first pitch to Sandoval. The umps convened and ruled that Posey was out for batting out of order, nullifying the run. Posey then came up again in the proper spot, but he flied out to end the inning.

The rule in question was 6.07 b. Here’s the rule (PDF):

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Bruce Bochy orders Buster Posey to not block the plate

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 speaking to him.

“I want to make it clear I wasn’t blocking the plate in the first place,” Posey insisted.

Posey is a competitor, so something tells me if the game is on the line and he thinks he has to block the plate to save it, he’s going to do what his catching instincts tell him to do. That being said, I certainly understand Bochy’s concern.

MLB Not Planning to Create New Buster Posey Rule for Catchers?

When catcher Buster Posey was steamrolled in May and broke his ankle, the Giants were outraged. GM Brian Sabean blasted Marlins runner Scott Cousins for trucking Posey. Posey’s agent was livid that his golden ticket got injured and lobbied MLB to change its rules. The question quickly became a talking point amongst sports fans for the next week. But guess what? The Giants continued to win games, remain in first place, and all was mostly forgotten. Even in the MLB offices, apparently.

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News included this note in a column posted Thursday:

As I understand it, there’s been little response from Major League Baseball on the Giants’ request to look at making rule changes designed to protect catchers from being targeted by baserunners when they aren’t blocking the plate. MLB vice president Joe Torre doesn’t believe any changes are warranted, and for all the Giants’ passion over the issue, it doesn’t appear it will gain much traction.

Good. It shouldn’t gain much traction. We may not be pleased with Torre’s reluctance to proceed with instant replay in baseball, but at least he has the right idea here. Why change 100 years of the way the game’s been played because one promising young player got hurt? Do we need to outlaw inside pitches because players get injured from that? Of course not. The outrage from San Francisco was extreme and misguided. Would they have lobbied for the same changes had Eli Whiteside been hurt? Of course not. I’m glad MLB doesn’t appear to be caving.

Buster Posey’s Nasty Ankle Injury on Display in ‘The Franchise’ Show (Video)

Showtime’s new show The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants debuted on Wednesday night. On Tuesday, Showtime released a clip of the show that we saw at SI Hot Clicks, and it mostly dealt with Buster Posey’s recovery from his ankle injury. If you watch the video, you can see his ankle was swollen, discolored, and disfigured at the time of the filming. Check it out:

Our buddy The Sports Hernia termed the ankle “grotesque” and that seems appropriate. Not only is it plain to see that Posey has a long way to go in his recovery, but it’s clear his views on catching have completely changed.

The most interesting part of the video came at the end when Buster said there was “no way, no chance” he would let his child become a catcher. Maybe if Buster had played third base like his sister, he would feel differently.

Should MLB Players Be Allowed to Steamroll the Catcher?

When we see an injury like the nasty one Buster Posey suffered at home plate on Thursday night, we are reminded that at certain times baseball can be as physical as football — without any of the protection.  Fans love to see players who aren’t afraid to go all out and truck the catcher.  We also love to see a catcher who isn’t afraid to put his body on the line for an out even if it means getting run over.  The only question is: Does baseball need it?

Posey’s agent, Jeff Berry, said on Thursday that he plans to contact Major League Baseball and raise the idea of a rule change on plays at the plate.

“You leave players way too vulnerable,” Berry said. “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.”

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Buster Posey Injury Could Lead Giants to Call Bengie Molina

Giants prized catcher Buster Posey suffered an awful break Wednesday night when he was injured on a collision at the plate. Marlins pinch hitter Scott Cousins tagged up from third on a fly ball in the 12th and launched into Posey to score the winning run. Posey’s left leg was planted in the ground and his body was bent backwards, likely injuring his ankle or leg. It was a brutal injury and an extremely difficult break for such a good young player.

Though we don’t want to minimize how much this could set back Posey — team officials would only say that the injury was “not good” — the Giants are still the NL West leader and need a replacement. Eli Whiteside is their only other catcher on the roster, so they’ll likely call up Chris Stewart from the minors. But maybe another name familiar to Giants fans can end up in San Francisco: Bengie Molina.

Molina has been out of baseball this year because he did not receive a contract offer in the offseason that he deemed satisfactory. The Red Sox reportedly had contacted him earlier in the month, but now that Jarrod Saltalamacchia has started to hit, their interest may be limited.

We have no idea what kind of playing shape he’s in, but Bengie is familiar with the Giants having played there since ’07 (they traded him to the Rangers mid-season last year). If any opportunity could make him come back to baseball this would be it. If it does happen, he’ll probably need several weeks of minor league action before being ready for the Giants, but the wait would probably be worthwhile.

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