Still in awe of what went down last night between the Mets and Nationals. Partially for the game itself, the ninth inning of which at least I was watching live, but also because of the social media component. I know it’s fashionable to slag on being too online these days — and there’s a lot of good reason to be less-online, frankly — but when a big sports thing is happening it’s fantastic to be able to virtually share the experience with a bunch of people as they freak out, both for good and for bad.
There was a bit of both of that in last night’s game. The reason I even turned it on was because I briefly checked Twitter and saw some Nats fans I know in anguish over their bullpen meltdown. Always happy to see the displeasure of fans of my team’s rivals, I put the game on. Then I got to see both the Nats’ ninth inning rally live, but also I got to see the displeasure of fans of one of my team’s other rivals melt down. I know that the Mets winning would’ve been better for the Braves in the standings, but in a cosmic sense, there was no losing for people like me.
Anyway, the last bit of business on this one, I have decided, is to see how the New York Press is handing things. Tabloids, show us what ya got!
Let’s be honest, folks: the New York tabloids are in a win-win situation with the Mets too. And, frankly, they do better work when they lose.
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.