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Posada enters game as catcher, throws out runner

Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:09 pm
 
PosadaBy Evan Brunell

Prior to Saturday, Las Vegas would have refused to take a bet on Jorge Posada throwing out a runner as catcher in Saturday's game, believing that they would have been stealing the better's money. (Well, at least more blatantly then they already do.

Except that happened.

Posada was pressed into service as catcher when Russell Martin took a foul tip off his right hand, necessitating leaving the game. Backup catcher Francisco Cervelli was unavailable thanks to a recurrence of concussion symptoms, so it was left to Posada to shoulder the load. Jesus Montero, who was DHing, also put on his catcher's gear before being told to take it off. If Montero had not been starting, he likely would have subbed in but since he was the DH, manager Joe Girardi did not want to lose the DH early in the game. (A DH that takes the field then causes the DH spot to be lost for the remainder of the game, requiring the pitcher to hit.)

It was the first time Posada had caught all year. And by year, we mean it -- he didn't even take any reps in spring training.

But that's not even the most impressive thing. The first thing the Angels did when Posada entered the game was to try to run on him, but Posada threw out second baseman Howie Kendrick on a high throw to nip that in the bud.

Martin was hit by a Maicer Izturis foul tip in the second inning but remained in the game despite blood on his thumb. However, when he threw the ball into center field while warming up CC Sabathia prior to the third, he was yanked.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:44 am
 

Posada enters game as catcher, throws out runner

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Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: September 11, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Posada enters game as catcher, throws out runner

We all know that Posada is about at the end of his rope, so props to him for a strong gutsy effort!



Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:32 am
 

Posada enters game as catcher, throws out runner

I figured when the headline said he threw out a runner, I though maybe they were referring to a fan on the field. I figured by now he was probably an orderly.


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