Buster Posey ruled out for season after ankle surgery

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Buster Posey has two screws inserted into his ankle in surgery Sunday and was officially ruled out for the season, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said.

Posey also had three torn ligaments in his left ankle repaired by Giants physicians.

He is slated to have a second surgery in 8-10 weeks to remove the hardware from his ankle.

When asked if Posey would be ready for Opening Day, Groescher responded: “I would think so.  I think it’s a good prognosis.”

With Posey out, the Giants are currently going with Eli Whiteside as their starting catcher.  They were shut out by the Brewers on Sunday, losing for the third time in four games since Posey went down.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.