Ever since MLB darling Buster Posey got his leg broken by Scott Cousins last week, a number of baseball folks have called for a rule change to protect catchers. Paul Hagen asked Carlos Ruiz his thoughts: [Philly.com]
"When the game is on the line, I don't think you're going to [do anything differently]. You're the catcher. You're going to want to stay there. You're going to stay because you want to win. So it's hard to think that way because everything happens real fast," he added philosophically.
"If not, don't be a catcher. If you're going to catch, you have to love catching. Everything about it. It's hard. It's not easy. But you have to do it."
Chooooooooooooooooch. I highly contest that Ruiz added anything "philosophically," however.
Mick Billmeyer, a former catcher, pointed out that if it wasn't Posey, this most likely wouldn't be an issue:
"I think it's just part of the game," he said. "And I'll be honest with you. He's the cleanup hitter in their lineup. I'm not sure they're talking about it day in and day out if it's the backup catcher. If it was Eli Whiteside or Dane Sardinha or Brian Schneider, I don't think they'd talk about it."
Nail on head, Mick. Nail on head.