While the San Francisco Giants try to figure out how they will deal with the devastating loss of Buster Posey, likely for the season, Posey's agent, Jeff Berry, wants MLB to change its rules regarding collisions at the plate:
He reached out to Major League Baseball and the players' association Thursday, ESPN reported. ... "It's stupid. I don't know if this ends up leading to a rule change, but it should."
This injury, to a popular player who is the centerpiece of his team, may lead to discussion of some sort of rule change to protect catchers, who put themselves at risk every time there's a close play at the plate.
Meanwhile, the Giants are left with backup Eli Whiteside and journeyman Chris Stewart (now with his fifth major league team) as their catching tandem, which led former Giant Bengie Molina to tell the San Jose Mercury-News' Andrew Baggarly that he's available if the Giants want him:
"Can I do it? Heck yeah, I can," said Molina, adding that he was on the verge on tears as he watched the play live on television from his home in Arizona. "You tell me to put a uni(form) on, I'll do it and be fine. But I don't know if that's the right idea. It takes time to get your body to go from workouts to being ready to catch and hit.
"If I get it in my mind to do this, I would go. If they need me and want me and they ask me to spend two weeks in the minors, I'd do it. Do I expect them to ask? I'd love to say yes, they will, but I don't think so because of the way things happened at the end."
What Molina is referring to is some comments he made after last season ended, when Giants GM Brian Sabean revealed that he had intended to trade him; Molina said of Sabean, "That tells you what kind of person he is. He should have kept his mouth shut. But that's all right. That's him."
So, Bengie remains at home, waiting for a call that likely won't come. The Giants are rumored to be interested in the Nationals' Ivan Rodriguez as Posey's replacement. Molina also told the Mercury-News that the Giants should move Posey to first or third base when he returns, because his bat is too valuable to the team.