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San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey and the Blind Eye of Major League Baseball

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 17:  Justin Upton #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks safely slides in to score the game winning run past the tag from catcher Buster Posey #28  of the San Francisco Giants during the twelfth inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 6-5 in the twelfth inning.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Mike LangthorneContributor IIMay 26, 2011

Allowing a base runner to proceed with a full head of steam into an opposing catcher that is left vulnerable and (at times) defenseless seems completely idiotic.
 
In a sport where there is relatively no physical contact at any point during the duration of game, the overwhelming fascination with the play at the plate is somewhat baffling. 

What’s equally as confusing is the reasoning behind why Major League Baseball allows for this type of situation to continue to happen and ruin promising playing careers.
 
Is it for the added entertainment value? I mean really?

Watching highlights is laborious enough, let alone suffering through hours of actual game film waiting for that one play at the plate to garner some twisted form of entertainment.
 
Give me a break.
 
If you want to really boost the entertainment value of a tired sport, start encouraging bench-clearing brawls or promote the reintroduction of performance enhancing drugs. It worked in decades past, and it will work again.
 
If MLB can continue to have such a blatant disregard for the well-being of their players then they should again start to turn a blind eye to the use of greenies, Hulk-like human growth hormones and the forms of degenerate gambling that once permeated the league.
 
Detractors and baseball purists alike will cry foul and begin pointing fingers, most likely at the National Football League and the National Hockey League. I mean after all, don’t they encounter the same issues with the frequency in which head injuries occur?
 
There’s a significant difference. Please refer to the ever so popular apples to oranges comparison.
 
In both football and hockey, there is a general understanding that at the onset of each play or puck being dropped, there is a high propensity for violence.
 
Both leagues have taken largely aggressive approaches over the past few years to discourage hits to the head by doling out fines and multi-game suspensions in order to deter that type of behavior from continuing to occur.

From a strictly human perspective, it's called common sense.

From a business perspective, it’s called protecting your product.
 
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but no one wants to see the Curtis Painter-led Indianapolis Colts trot out onto the carpet at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoons.
 
Not Jim Irsay, not the NFL, not the television networks and not their sponsors. 
 
That same scenario can be replicated with the loss of Buster Posey; substituting Posey with Eli Whiteside, Jim Irsay with Bill Neukom and the NFL with MLB.

What league executives fail to realize is that the redeeming quality for the sport of baseball was at one point the romanticism of the history of the game. The good, the bad and the ugly. Not this type of garbage …
 
Over dramatic?
 
Try telling that to Buster Posey whose season may be over and whose career may never be the same.
 
Still not convinced?
 
Go ask Ray Fosse.

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