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Can the Giants curb MVP's catching?

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08:12 AM ET 02.11 | Based on their success with and without Buster Posey, the Giants will do everything in their power to keep him on the field. Leading the league with a .336 average while collecting 24 homers and 103 RBIs, Posey appeared in 148 games -- 111 as the starting catcher, 29 starting at first base, three as the designated hitter and five as a pinch-hitter. He said he played more than he anticipated and has no designs on giving up catching. But he does take to heart a comment he once read by Twins catcher Joe Mauer wishing he had caught a little less early in his career to prevent so many nagging injuries. "I want to catch as long as I can," Posey said. "We did have a good balance last year, playing games at first and mixing in an off day here and there."

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February 11, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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I hope he can keep spending significant time at C, it's one of the things that makes him really special as a player.

True. Getting + offense from the catcher is a big deal. But ... you shorten his career by keeping him back there. You also get fewer at a bats on the season, since you need to rest catchers.

February 11, 2013  10:16 AM ET

wiseup:Giants are doing the right thing. Having him catch 140 to150 games will shorten his career taking all those foul tips off of your hands and shoulders constantly for 10 to 15 years would add up. Having Posey playing 1B occasionally would give Posey a welcomed break from crouching behind the plate but still keeps his bat in the lineup. That also gives Brandon Belt a day off as well.

February 11, 2013  10:19 AM ET

Speaking from my own experience, it's kind of a weird transition for a guy to go from catcher to some other position. I got switched to 2nd base, not because the other catcher was better but the coach just wanted to get the best bats in the lineup and that other player was limited by slow feet. It wasn't quite as fun in my opinion playing someplace else. You're just not involved to the same level as before. But you look at what the team needs and what you can still contribute and you do it and make the best of it.

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February 11, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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Yog, wasn't that you playing LF for the Yanks in the '60 WS?!?!?I hated catching, so much to think about and so much equipment to mess with I felt like I went to bat totally unprepared every time.

Yeah Yog played left field at the end there....Bench switched too. I know what you mean about coming to bat feeling unprepared. I tried to have my head straight beforehand so I knew how to approach things when I got to the plate. You're right though, the game gets quick on you.

February 11, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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I hope he can keep spending significant time at C, it's one of the things that makes him really special as a player.

nothing wrong with the catching spot except,,,,, he could be saving less trips to the DL though,,,,

February 11, 2013  11:32 AM ET

should the manager use the same mix spots for this catcher?? i mean better spread him around his playing time and avoid as much stress in the catching demands,,,,

February 11, 2013  12:08 PM ET

While he is still young he should catch as much as possible as he ages, start knocking 10-15 games a year until he's down to around 100. If he keeps himself in shape he whould have no major issues!!!!

February 11, 2013  12:46 PM ET

wiseup: Joe Mauer of the Twins regrets now not being able to get out from behind the plate some. It could have shortened his time on DL. As far as being prepared at the plate I dont see where that is an issue.

February 11, 2013  01:09 PM ET
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wiseup:Giants are doing the right thing. Having him catch 140 to150 games will shorten his career taking all those foul tips off of your hands and shoulders constantly for 10 to 15 years would add up. Having Posey playing 1B occasionally would give Posey a welcomed break from crouching behind the plate but still keeps his bat in the lineup. That also gives Brandon Belt a day off as well.

I agree - I caught - overtime it hurts - mostly small stuff you wouldn't sit for but your hands take a beating, feet and toes too if you are unlucky.

In a year 162 games - 76 Divisional, 66 NL other games, 20 interleague games

play in roughly 90% 145 makes sense - Sits can be made on an ad hoc basis but think day games after night travel - when small injuries come up etc (17 non-catching games)

in AL series at AL Parks - he should definitely DH in at least half of them (5 non catching games)

So you are at 140 out of 162.
Pit a pitcher - one pitcher with a good move to first and assign the back-up to catch them exclusively - bingo you are at 110 roughly

February 11, 2013  03:34 PM ET
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While he is still young he should catch as much as possible as he ages, start knocking 10-15 games a year until he's down to around 100. If he keeps himself in shape he whould have no major issues!!!!

Good numbers. Bruce Bochy knows how valuable Posey's bat is AND how valuable he is at handling the pitchers.

February 11, 2013  04:21 PM ET

A star with humiity and heart... A rare breed in sports today....

February 11, 2013  06:39 PM ET
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wiseup: Joe Mauer of the Twins regrets now not being able to get out from behind the plate some. It could have shortened his time on DL. As far as being prepared at the plate I dont see where that is an issue.

Mauer had one year where he could support his salary offensively. The value of Mauer and Posey drops dramatically when they aren't catching. Mauer would not be making 23 million per year if he had only caught 100 games or so per year.

February 12, 2013  12:24 AM ET

No matter what it is the Giants always have an uneasy feeling about them. There are always problems floating around making each game torture. I respect the entire Giant's staff more and more every day. A truly great franchise through and through.

Nobody mentions Sanchez behind the plate? "Ehctore" played well enough to grab a few more AB's during the regular season. He was overmatched in the playoffs yeah, but he's young. Sandoval says Ehctor's a better version of himself.
These are all good problems to have. But they're still problems.
Torture....every day.

 
February 12, 2013  12:43 PM ET
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No matter what it is the Giants always have an uneasy feeling about them. There are always problems floating around making each game torture. I respect the entire Giant's staff more and more every day. A truly great franchise through and through.Nobody mentions Sanchez behind the plate? "Ehctore" played well enough to grab a few more AB's during the regular season. He was overmatched in the playoffs yeah, but he's young. Sandoval says Ehctor's a better version of himself.These are all good problems to have. But they're still problems.Torture....every day.

lots of towns would love the "torture" you have put up with

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