Life Without Buster Posey: Can the San Francisco Giants Survive?

Andrew RoccoContributor IJune 6, 2011

The Giants will be without Posey for the remainder of the season.
The Giants will be without Posey for the remainder of the season.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Between the immediate trade rumors that have arisen, and the panic-stricken fans with their “we’re done” proclamations, it’s hard to envision a Giants baseball world without Buster Posey.

But alas, the show must go on. The reigning World Series champs now find themselves in a bit of a predicament following the gruesome injury sustained by Posey. After losing the main player that sparked their successful late season run last year, the Giants will now need to look elsewhere to fill the void.

This is a make or break time for San Francisco given the current overall health of the team and their position in the standings. Do they sink or swim?

First off, let’s just get it out of the way—you don’t replace Buster Posey. The NL Rookie of the Year brought a young, energetic leadership to a clubhouse that was looking for some sort of a spark. There is no one available via free agency or the trade market that will give the Giants what Posey brought to the table. 

The rumors are swirling already, but that's all they are at this point, rumors. Posey was the total package. Filling the catcher position, especially on a pitching-first team like the Giants, is a daunting task and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. 

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of any catchers on the market, but for now, Eli Whiteside should suffice while the Giants formulate an actual game plan. At the same time, there is no reason that other pieces of the San Francisco puzzle can't step up, just as Posey did last season.

Top prospect Brandon Crawford showed signs of life recently when he launched a grand slam in his first major league at bat against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was part of the same draft class alongside Posey in 2008. It was a stunning way to break into the bigs, as the 24 year old former UCLA infielder joined Bobby Bonds as the only Giant to hit a grand slam in their big league debut.

With that being said, being a pitching-first team helps take some pressure off of the Giants’ offense, who is currently last in the National League. The Giants “big bat” is going to have to come from within. 

Aubrey Huff needs to dig down deep and come up with something. Cody Ross needs to prove to be less clutch and more consistent. Pat Burrell needs to cut down on strikeouts and produce key hits rather than trying to win games with one swing of the bat. 

Those are the three bats that everyone’s eyes should be watching right now. This team has silenced the critics once already and there is no reason they can't do it again and contend.

With the likes of Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum, the eccentric but unstoppable Brian Wilson and other savvy veterans, the Giants may fool a lot of non-believers.