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Braves to McCann: Go ahead, block the plate

Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:04 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 8:07 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Like the Giants, the Braves have a catcher who bats cleanup. Like the Giants, the Braves have had trouble scoring runs and need that catcher in the lineup regularly.

But even with what happened to Buster Posey, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would want Brian McCann to block the plate to cut off a run.

"You can't worry," Gonzalez said Friday. "People have gotten hurt coming down the steps. I don't think you can tell an athlete, a competitor, 'Don't block the plate.'

"I want him to give us an opportunity to win the game, and if that's by blocking the plate, it's by blocking the plate. I couldn't bring myself to say that to Brian -- don't block the plate."

Gonzalez, the former Marlins manager, also defended Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, saying he thought Cousins did nothing wrong in the play on which Posey was hurt.

"I've looked over the film," Gonzalez said. "I thought it was a clean play."

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Colin53
Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: June 4, 2011 4:18 am
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Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2011 3:52 am
 

Braves to McCann: Go ahead, block the plate

Blocking the plate is part of the game. If you have the ball and get in position to force the action, rather than letting it come to you, you don't get hurt. Posey put himself in harms way by reaching for the ball and trying to force the runner off the plate. It is against MLB rules to block the plate without the ball.

Posey should've either gotten himself in better position for contact, which he knew was coming, or simply gotten out the way. Cousins did nothing wrong. He did his job, score the winning run. Catchers are taught to catch the ball, block the plate and initiate contact. In that order. Posey did none of these and got hurt. Posey is a fault in this unfortunate situation.

Every player that steps on the field risks injury. Hell, Schafer was hurt bunting tonight. Shit happens. As long as McCann understands the nuance of blocking the plate he'll be fine.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 12:20 am
 

Braves to McCann: Go ahead, block the plate

He'll change his tune when McCann gets creamed and ol' Fredi losses his best hitter cause it wil appen even to a big guy like McCann.



Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Braves to McCann: Go ahead, block the plate

you should probably grow a brain or stop making dumb comments... and last i checked, when was the last time your Jays won? ha, canadians...



Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Braves to McCann: Go ahead, block the plate

Really, that's your reaction to this article? What does the Braves playoff history have to do with whether their current manager would like their catcher to block the plate? As for the Jays, good luck waiting on them to win anything again. You gave up on Halladay, then Marcum. And what did you get in return? Not much. At least you dumped Burnett on the Yankees. Still, why comment at all if you can't comment on the actual subject?



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Braves to McCann: Go ahead, block the plate

I meant the "dumb comment" to guelfan...how does the fact that the Braves failure to win a World Series relate to the manager's observation that Cousin's play was clean and his opinion that McCann should block the plate? They are two unrelated points. Are you saying, guelfan, that other teams who have won multi-WS's (such as the Yankees and Red Sox) instruct their catchers not to block the plate?



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Braves to McCann: Go ahead, block the plate

Dumb comment.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Braves to McCann: Go ahead, block the plate

Coming from the Braves, this doesn't hold much water.The team with ,what,18 straight playoff appearances and one measly World Series??" " Saint" Bobby Cox and his squad should've had 4 or 5 World series in that span. Notice my jays didn't win until  Coxy left?


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