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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Do Giants’ Buster Posey, Johnny Cueto have two of worst MLB contracts?

The Giants ended the 2019 MLB season with the 13th-worst record in the league at 77-85, but the fifth-highest payroll at $178.5 million. A large chunk of that went to a pitcher who only appeared in four games this season.

Johnny Cueto has pitched in just 13 games the past two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and also has earned $21 million in each of those seasons. Cueto, 33, will be paid another $21 million by the Giants in 2020, too.

He isn’t the only aging Giant that will earn a large chunk of change next season. Michael Ginnitti of the contract expert website Spotrac lists two Giants in his 10 toughest MLB contracts for 2020. Joining Cueto on the list is catcher Buster Posey.

For the fifth straight season, Posey, who mainly batted in the middle of the Giants lineup this season, saw his power numbers dip to a staggering career low. The former NL MVP only hit seven home runs this year—actually up from five in 2018—but drove in just 38 runs and had a .368 slugging percentage.

So, how many rival contracts could we argue have this honor?

QLE Posted: October 16, 2019 at 01:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, contracts, giants, johnny cueto

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Giants hoping healthy offseason will help get Buster Posey back on track

SAN FRANCISCO—The familiar faces kept coming through the center field wall. Cody Ross and Pat Burrell popped out, and soon came Marco Scutaro and Gregor Blanco and Barry Zito and so many others who have been part of championship runs. It ended with Tim Lincecum, who drew the loudest ovation on the final day of the Giants season.

Bruce Bochy watched it all from the infield, marveling at how many old friends had gathered in one place. A few feet away, so did Buster Posey.

“I haven’t seen a lot of those guys in a long time,” Posey said an hour later. “Hopefully with 2020 coming up, we’ll get to see more of them at some point next year.”

The reunion of that 2010 championship team will have the same effect on Posey. It will also be another reminder of just how long he’s been doing this. Most of his teammates during those championship runs have long since retired. Bochy just rode off into the sunset. Pablo Sandoval’s future is uncertain after Tommy John surgery. Madison Bumgarner very well could be elsewhere next February.

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2019 at 01:29 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Friday, September 13, 2019

Giants’ Buster Posey aware of his slumping numbers, lack of confidence

We all held out hope once the news sank in Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey would undergo hip surgery at the end of last season.

The hope was, finger-crossing, Posey would return to his former self. Something he also had faith in as he told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic during spring training.

“That’s the reason you do the surgery,” Posey said. “To try to get back to where you previously were before the damage.”

That didn’t happen, unfortunately. But he remains aware of that as he told MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.

A crying shame, if the end is approaching for him.

 

QLE Posted: September 13, 2019 at 12:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, slump

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

 

 

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