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Friday, May 24, 2019

Giants’ Farhan Zaidi expresses thoughts on WAR, Buster Posey’s value

Ever since the Giants hired Farhan Zaidi as their president of baseball operations this past offseason, there have been battles between talking heads arguing on the basis of traditional baseball stats and advanced metrics.

Zaidi, who earned his bachelor of science degree at MIT and his PhD at Cal Berkeley, is widely seen as a baseball mind that leans on analytics. So-called baseball fans who don’t want the game to evolve argue that he’s using too many numbers to try and change the game. At the same time, Zaidi has help lead highly successful teams with the A’s and Dodgers.

So, what are his thought on WAR (Wins Above Replacement)?

“Yeah, I think it’s a good measure on how a guy has produced in the past,” Zaidi said Wednesday on KNBR. “I think it’s a nice, valuable back of the envelope calculation for how much value a specific player brought you.”

Problem is, said value for Posey more or less requires him to stay as a catcher- at this point, his value above replacement level is chiefly connected with his defensive play and position.

 

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, farhan zaidi, giants, war

Friday, May 10, 2019

Giants’ Posey on 7-day concussion list after hit to helmet

DENVER — The San Francisco Giants have placed catcher Buster Posey on the seven-day concussion list after a foul ball hit his helmet on Sunday.

Posey said he was hit in the fourth inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds. He played in Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies.

“I recall it happening in Sunday’s game in the fourth inning,” Posey said Thursday. “I can’t remember what batter it was.

“They are going to take extra time to find out how I am. When they examined me (Wednesday) they felt I should have felt more normal after three days. When you are dealing with the brain, you’ve got to be cautious.”

Here’s hoping that this doesn’t have the consequences that it did for Mauer….

 

QLE Posted: May 10, 2019 at 08:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, concussion

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A’s Stephen Piscotty, Giants’ Buster Posey nominated for Hutch Award

When you think of a fiery competitor, who comes to mind? Well, there’s a Major League Baseball honor dedicated to just that: The Hutch Award.

The Hutch Award, named after the late Fred “Hutch” Hutchinson. is given annually to an active MLB player who “best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire.” Much like Hutch himself, who died from cancer in 1964.

Two Bay Area ballplayers have been nominated for the award: A’s Stephen Piscotty and Giants’ Buster Posey

There isn’t a rule in the books that says we can’t discuss awards this early in the season!

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, buster posey, hutch award, stephen piscotty

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Giants’ Posey Catching More In Spring Than Expected

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — On Saturday, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey played in his fifth spring training game and made his fourth start behind the plate.

Told that it seems as if he’s catching more than expected coming off hip surgery, Posey agreed.

“Which is a good thing,” Posey said. “I didn’t really have expectations coming in. I would say so, too. That’s a positive.”

Going to be interesting to see if this lasts- it’s likely that how he recovers will be telling about the future trajectory of his career.

 

QLE Posted: March 10, 2019 at 07:32 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, catching, giants

Friday, February 22, 2019

Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, more Giants will have different look at plate

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—After 10 days of watching him take batting practice and do catching drills, the Giants fully expect Buster Posey to be in the lineup on March 28 in San Diego. When he digs into the box, you’ll see a different look from Posey, now in his 11th big league season.

Posey is one of a dozen Giants wearing a batting helmet with a flap this spring. Last year, the Giants had just one player on their active roster—backup catcher Aramis Garcia—with a flap protecting his jaw. Posey said he plans to use the new helmet during the 2019 season.

“I thought about changing last year but I didn’t want to do it during the season,” he said. “It’s just about getting more protection.”

So, how long before they switch to motorcycle helmets?

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, helmets, pablo sandoval

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Posey is healthy and hopeful of handling full catching load

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — One day in early November, Buster Posey felt his body respond more normally again as he rehabilitated from season-ending hip surgery. Working out his lower half with a 15-pound dumbbell in his left hand he leaned forward for a one-legged Russian Dead Lift. Posey felt the muscles in his right buttocks being used exactly the way they should.

“This might be TMI,” San Francisco’s star catcher noted of perhaps providing too much information. “I could really feel the right side of my gluteus maximus engage — hadn’t really felt that in a while. With all leg exercises I feel like things have been more symmetrical, so hopefully that’s a good sign.”

San Francisco pitchers and catchers report this week and Posey plans to be a full participant from Day 1 of spring training Wednesday, pulling on the catcher’s gear and squatting behind the plate for his part in pitchers’ bullpens early in camp. He understands there likely will be some modifications to his workload at the beginning just to be safe.

At the rate it’s going, I’m afraid this article might get seized in Customs.

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, catching, giants

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Buster Posey’s praise for Giants ‘win-now’ approach comes at awkward time

San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey isn’t the most outspoken athlete you’ll find on social media, but he certainly had an interesting, if not awkwardly-timed thought to share on Friday.

The post that caught everyone’s attention was a response to a tweet quoting Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. In said tweet, Kapler discussed how Philadelphia’s trade for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto cemented that they’re going all-in to win in 2019 and beyond.

Posey, who’s been part of three championship teams with the Giants during his career, but has also played on three losing teams since 2013, chimed in by praising his organization for never straying from “win-now” mode.

Mind you, when you’re the dominant team in one of the largest and richest markets in the United States, one kind of would hope that you wouldn’t be engaged in any other approach….

 

QLE Posted: February 09, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Friday, January 25, 2019

With Barry Bonds in limbo, will Buster Posey be Giants’ next Hall of Famer?

SAN FRANCISCO — Hall of Fame announcement day has become a bitter one for much of the Bay Area. It’s increasingly clear that Barry Bonds will not get the votes needed for enshrinement before his time on the ballot is up, and with Jeff Kent also lagging, it’s hard for Giants fans to get too excited this time of year.

That should change pretty soon, though. Bruce Bochy is a lock to make it as a manager, and at some point shortly after Bochy retires, he will be giving a speech in Cooperstown. One of Bochy’s players should follow him, too.

While Tim Lincecum had the spectacular peak and Madison Bumgarner has the legendary postseason success, the current face of the franchise is the best bet to finally give Giants fans a reason to celebrate induction day.

Granted, with the last few decades in Giants history being what they were, there aren’t exactly a large number of feasible candidates.

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 02:14 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, buster posey, giants, hall of fame

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter: Buster Posey had a microfracture in his hip…

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 05:44 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Posey could be limited early, should return to 100 percent

LAS VEGAS- Buster Posey’s recovery from right hip surgery might limit how much the San Francisco All-Star catches during spring training and at the start of the season.

Posey had surgery in late August to repair a torn labrum in the hip and remove an impingement.

“Certainly with a guy like Buster coming off the major surgery it might impact his spring training workload and maybe even his early season workload, but for now all the indications are positive that he’ll be 100 percent,” new Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said at the winter meetings.

Best wishes for Buster- would that I had anywhere near the confidence Farhan Zaidi is expressing here…..

QLE Posted: December 11, 2018 at 04:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, labrum, surgery

 

 

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