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2011 San Francisco Giants: Can Team Recover From Loss of Buster Posey?
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San Francisco Giants fans' worst fears came true on May 25 when catcher Buster Posey was injured in a home plate collision with Florida Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins.

Posey broke a bone in his lower left leg and is out for the season after surgery on Sunday repaired three torn ligaments in his ankle.

The Giants have said that they are optimistic for his return on Opening Day 2012.

The "Collision Heard 'Round the World" has received equal part criticism of Cousins and equal part freak accident. Some were calling for a new rule change and others, like Ray Fosse, who was injured in the infamous collision at home plate with Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star Game, said that there should be no rule change at all.

What is done, is done, however.

Posey is out for the season and the main question now is how the Giants will cope without their best player and only consistent offensive threat.

Can we eliminate them from repeating as World Series Champions? Can we eliminate them from the NL West race?

Time will tell, but the Posey injury does not hurt the Giants' line-up as much as it hurts the team mentally.

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