SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey wants all players protected from hard collisions at home plate and serious injuries, catchers and baserunners alike.
Whether Major League Baseball implements a new rule banning home-plate collisions in time for the 2014 season, don't expect San Francisco's star catcher to be at the forefront to speak up on such topics. Even if his frightening, season-ending leg injury from May 2011 is still plenty fresh in fans' minds.
"I try to keep myself out of the conversation as much as I can because I know people are going to connect me to it regardless," Posey said Friday, ahead of the Giants' FanFest on Saturday at AT&T Park. "I'm just kind of sitting back and letting the higher powers hammer it out. I have my thoughts but I'll keep them to myself."
Posey, the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, tore three ligaments in his left ankle and broke a bone in his lower leg when he run over by the Marlins' Scott Cousins on May 25, 2011. He made a remarkable comeback to win the 2012 batting crown and NL MVP honors while leading the Giants to a second World Series championship in a three-year span.
Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, has said the rule to prevent home-plate collisions would essentially "make sure a baserunner can't purposely bowl over" a catcher.
"I don't think they're close to a resolution on that," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. "I'd find a hard time thinking it'll be instituted for the '14 season. It's being dealt with at the Major League Baseball level."
Giants third base coach Tim Flannery insists he won't alter his approach much when it comes to sending runners on a shallow fly ball.
"Just because a guy can't run him over doesn't mean they can't slide hard, feet first, late," he said.
If the rule is put in place — baseball owners and the players' union are working on a draft — Posey said he isn't sure what he would expect regarding baserunners charging his way.