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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Buster Posey explains why robot umps could call more balls than strike

Robot umps.

Weird thought, right?

But it’s something being implemented and tested in the baseball world. The independent Atlantic League was the first victim to test the newest technology that includes a real-life umpire still manning his or her duties behind the plate while they wear an earpiece connected to an iPhone. That person would then relay the call from the TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar.

That’s at least how plate umpire Brian deBrauwere executed it back in July as he described it to ESPN. And Giants catcher Buster Posey isn’t too sure about this new technology, specifically if these robot umps would call more balls or strikes.

Worse still, they could all end up under the control of Dick Jones, and wind up doing his nefarious bidding.

 


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

 

 

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