Johnny Bench Claims Buster Posey Got Himself Hurt
Hall of Fame Catcher Johnny Bench blames Buster Posey for Buster Posey's season-ending injury. Bench, a Posey fan, says, "When I heard about the injury, I was anxious to see how this happened. Buster put himself in such a bad position." Here is more from the AP and espn.com.
"First of all, my catchers don't sit in front of home plate. They stand away from home plate and work back to the plate," Bench told the Tulsa newspaper. "But we (catchers) are just fair game. You've got a guy running around third base at 210 to 220 pounds with 3 percent body fat and with sprinter's speed."
Johnny Bench, currently a spring training instructor for the Reds, knows as much about the catcher position as anybody. What happened to Buster Posey is unfortunate, but not the fault of the runner Scott Cousins. The rookie Marlin outfielder has apologized a number of times, though he was just playing the game of baseball. Cousins run came in the 12th inning and led to the game-winning run for his team. More importantly, what he did was within the rules. The fact that he's been receiving death threats is disgusting.
Most are blaming Cousins. Not Johnny Bench. And, he happens to be one of the greatest catchers of all-time. His opinion on the matter has to count for something.