Revisiting the play-at-the-plate that wasn’t in Game 7 of the World Series

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You remember this play from the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series, of course. The one in which Alex Gordon took third base on an outfield error and maybe — maybe — had a shot to go home and tie the game:

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Most folks who have considered that play have concluded that, had Gordon attempted to go home, he would have been out. I was there in person, with a nice bird’s eye view of the play, and it looked to me that he would have been out. Matthew broke it down after it happened and it looked to him as if Gordon would’ve been out too. Just about everyone says so.

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has a story looking at that play again, breaking it down once more. The conclusions don’t change, but the article is interesting because unlike all of the frame-by-frame breakdowns you’ve seen of it, this is accompanied by quotes and insights from the players involved. What was going on in their minds, what they thought the chances of success were and everything.

Obviously they have all been asked questions about it before, but this is a bit of a deeper dive. They’ve had more time to consider it. And having it all together in a piece like this makes that play come alive in ways that it hasn’t been alive since last October. Definitely worth your time.

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.