The Giants told Buster Posey to stop blocking the plate

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Buster Posey says he wasn’t exactly blocking the plate last year when Scott Cousins ran into him, breaking Posey’s ankle and ending his season.  It kinda looked like he was poised to — and he was close enough to doing it to where it didn’t matter — but he says he wasn’t blocking the plate. OK.

But no matter what he was doing, the Giants have reiterated their desire to have Posey avoid coming even close. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com:

Bruce Bochy has forbidden Buster Posey from blocking the plate. The Giants’ manager confirmed it on Sunday, and much will be made of that decision. But here is one more vital scrap of information: Posey was under the same order the night that Florida’s Scott Cousins speared him like a tackling dummy.

Bochy and other Giants officials had sat down Posey for that “let’s be smart about this” conversation 10 months before the May 25 game in which he sustained three ripped ankle ligaments and a fractured bone in his leg.

So this year I guess it’s a “let’s be smarter about this” conversation. A “seriously, dude, swipe tags from four feet or else we’re taking away your mask” kind of talk. A “don’t get any closer to the runner than you did to actually being safe on that steal attempt in the 2010 NLDS but were called safe anyway” talk.

This will bug the old school purist types who love to see collisions at the plate, but if I were a manager I’d make it a standing order to all of my catchers, whether they were offensive assets like Posey or simply regular old catchers.  One run is never worth a big injury to a catcher. Look around the league and see how few decent ones there are and you’ll know why. They’re valuable.

Carlos Beltrán only wants to manage in New York

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that former major leaguer Carlos Beltrán has turned down opportunities to interview for open managerial positions with other teams — the Cubs and Padres, per Newsday’s Anthony Rieber — because he only wants to manage in New York. As the Yankees aren’t exactly looking for a new manager at the moment, that means the Mets specifically.

Beltrán has been serving as the Yankees’ special adviser to the general manager. His name has been floated as a potential manager since he retired after the 2017 season, and even interviewed with the Yankees to manage the club before they ultimately decided on Aaron Boone.

The Mets fired Mickey Callaway shortly after the regular season ended. The club improved from 77-85 last year to 86-76 this year but the season was tumultuous, including an incident in which Callaway cursed out a journalist and tried to have him removed from the clubhouse. So the Mets probably don’t want their next manager to do that.