Posted July 17, 2013

Pirates’ Jason Grilli and Giants’ Buster Posey on July 22 covers of Sports Illustrated

Buster Posey, Pittsburgh Pirates, Sports Illustrated cover
Jason Grilli, Pirates

At 36, first-time closer Jason Grilli has an NL-best 29 saves for the wild-card-leading Pirates. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

One of baseball’s best stories and one of its best players grace two separate covers of Sports Illustrated this week. The national cover features the Pittsburgh Pirates. Led by a bullpen that is nicknamed “The Shark Tank” and is anchored by All-Star closer Jason Grilli, the Bucs look like a strong bet to end their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons. SI staff writer Ben Reiter chronicles how Pittsburgh is falling in love with baseball all over again and whether the Pirates have what it takes to reach the postseason for the first time in 21 years.

Buster Posey, Giants

Buster Posey was last on SI’s cover after his Giants won the 2010 World Series, the first of two titles for San Francisco in the past three years. (John Burgess/SI)

The postseason is certainly nothing new for the San Francisco Giants, winners of two of the last three World Series, or for their biggest star. Catcher Buster Posey has been so good, so young — at 26, he’s already won a Rookie of the Year and an MVP award, owns a .316 career batting average and has backstopped San Francisco’s two title teams — that he calls to mind another superstar with a similarly robust resume in his first few seasons: Derek Jeter. SI senior writer Tom Verducci has the story of why Posey is baseball’s most indispensable player.

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The issue also features a preview of the second half of baseball’s season, including a look at the quest to break one of baseball’s oldest records, six big names who could be traded and revised awards picks and postseason projections.

11 comments
noleengineer13
noleengineer13

Posey = Greatest catcher in MLB and it's not even close 


Michael10
Michael10

"Baseball's Most Indispensable Player"?

What's Posey doing on Molina's cover?

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

zzzzzzzzzzzzz. Jose Molina?

Yadi couldn't even crack the top 3 in the NL MVP vote.... Yeah

Michael10
Michael10

@DODGERFAIL2013So you're using the results of a media ballot to justify a media bias?

Classic circular logic...

Michael10
Michael10

@DODGERFAIL2013@Michael10Case for Posey: "chump," "jerkoff," "get over yourself."

Got it...and thanks for such an intelligent discourse. You've been a real class act.

Michael10
Michael10

@DODGERFAIL2013 @Michael10 You were the one who asked to "keep playing," but I see you're taking your keyboard and going home. 

Just as well -- these arguments always end up the same: throw numbers, see if they stick. If they don't, throw insults instead...


DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@Michael10 @DODGERFAIL2013 

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 get over yourself pal.  molina is good, but look at WAR, etc.  there are far greater "indispensable" players than posey and molina.  only chump STL fans think so highly of themselves.

Michael10
Michael10

@DODGERFAIL2013 @Michael10 Yawn...

Yes, we know Posey edged Molina at the plate, which is, of course, the least important role of a catcher -- this is what every supporter bases his case on, baseball card stats (just like those fans who will go to their graves firmly believing Mike Piazza was a more valuable catcher than Ivan Rodriguez).

I also know there's no point in arguing the defensive value of the catcher's position with you 1) because you cite errors out of context as though they were the end-all measure of defense and 2) your numbers aren't even correct. Molina had 3 errors in nearly 1200 innings last season compared to Posey's 8 in 200 fewer innings (Posey made 2 more errors at first base). Posey also allowed 87 stolen bases last season -- more than even the total ATTEMPTS against Molina (he cut down half of those who did try). Opponents run roughshod over Posey because, like Piazza, he's a first baseman who squats behind the plate.

The fact that Molina's offense is even better this season than last and Posey's defense is even worse is completely lost by Posey diehards as well. Without Posey, the Giants would still be fighting for the NL West cellar, but without Molina, the Cardinals would not have the best record in baseball. St. Louis is outscoring opponents by a run and a half a game, and no one in baseball influences BOTH sides of their teams run differential like Molina. This is the definition of "indispensable".

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

@Michael10 hmmmm, let's see:


Posey in 2012:  higher batting avg, more hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI's, walks, OBP, OPS, WAR, and less errors than molina.  STL was ranked #2 offensively and therefore, WAY MORE support with or without molina.


want to keep playing?