“I thought about it and talked about it a lot with my wife,” said Posey. “I think there are still reservations on my part. I think I want to see how things are progressing here over the next two weeks. ”
“I think you’d be a bit naive or stupid not to assess what’s going on around you – not only here, but paying attention to what’s going on in different parts of the country. [It’s] obviously unprecedented times right now. ”
To date, five players from the MLB squads have retired from the season, the Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake, nationals Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross, Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond and Dodgers David Price. Los Angeles starting pitcher and former Cy Young Award winner announced his decision on Saturday afternoon.
“I would be surprised if you asked any player, if they gave you a hard line,” No way, I’m never going to withdraw, “said Posey.
“Buster and I chatted today. We had a great conversation, “said Giants manager Gabe Kapler. “He gives a great example of talking openly about his position on things. It is a very personal decision and whatever Buster decides to do, I and the organization will support. ”
Posey took part in live batting practice on Saturday, pointing out that he is close to the referees and hitters, making him arguably the only baseball player who is not naturally socially distanced .
“To some extent, you have to trust some of the tests,” said Posey. “Obviously it won’t be bulletproof, but I know the medical staff are taking extreme measures to make sure the guys get tested every other day. ”
[You] understand that there is a risk inherent in this. But … I don’t know what you would do from the receiver’s point of view apart from wearing a mask while you catch it and I don’t know how realistic it is. ”
Posey said on Saturday that he stayed in the Bay Area during the break during the baseball break and praised the way California political leadership has handled the pandemic. He also stated that no one in his family had taken COVID-19 to date. His absence from the Giants’ first day of camp was a family affair.
“Everything is fine,” he said.
Logan Webb was one of the pitchers that Posey surprised on Saturday during live batting practice. The Giants catcher described the pitchers’ performance as “electric” and that it was a “tick or two” above where he was in spring training.
Kapler also noticed the Webb stuff and how it fits into the Giants’ rotation.
“We are considering placing it in a category of blockchain management rules for us,” said Kapler. “As always, nothing is set in stone and we will see how things evolve as we cross the modified camp, but we see it in a role for us to take several rounds. We will try to build it as much as possible. ”
This could be a big change for Webb, who as a 23-year-old pitcher could have faced a innings limit in 162 games.
Webb, which has some of the best “stuff” in the Giants system, posted a BPM of 5.22 in its first eight Major League starts last year, but advanced metrics indicate better performance.
As for who else could join Webb as a “loose sleeve” launcher:
“I think it’s a bit premature to start comparing and contrasting,” said Kapler of the Giants’ pitchers. “It’s not five or six or four [starters]. We have to see how fast we can build these guys. The likelihood is that we are not going to have a lot of launchers, if any, built for many more than three or more than three [innings].
“There just isn’t enough time on the calendar. “