Giants president Larry Baer on Posey injury


Giants president Larry Baer on Posey injury


Giants president Larry Baer spoke about the injury to catcher Buster Posey Thursday afternoon as part of his scheduled radio show on KNBR. The following is a selection of his comments.

Posey sustained a fractured left fibula and torn ligaments in his left ankle. X-rays taken Wednesday night and the MRI confirmed it Thursday morning.

Larry Baer
"In our minds we're talking about a Mickey Mantle, a Willie Mays, a person we believe is going to be a tremendous force in the game of baseball for a long time."

"I happened to walk in this morning with Bruce Bochy, we just happened to park our cars together and walked in at the same time and that's what Bruce was saying: 'This is somebody that the game cannot afford to lose.' He'll be back. It's a serious injury but he will be back. Nobody is willing to say -- I'll get this out there right now and Boch said this after the game -- nobody is willing to say that he's out for the season. We'll see. There are a lot of things that have to happen."

"I would say it's a legal hit. I would say it was legal. It did not violate the rules, per se. Was it appropriate? I think that's a judgement call. I think there was a lane to the plate and there was an intent to go to hit Buster as opposed to touch the plate. And that, in the way the rules exist now is not illegal. Jarring the ball loose -- going after the catcher and jarring the ball loose is not illegal. It was a decision made by a player. And it's been discussed, that this player is not a starter for the Marlins. He's a good player, went to USF. So he took a tactic that is allowed within the rules of baseball."

"You have a situation where -- and football is changing and a lot of sports are changing -- but just take the basic rule in football on a wide receiver. It is a penalty to hit the receiver while the ball is in the air. You're supposed to go for the ball. There's a lot of reform made now with what you can and can't do with quarterbacks."

"What you have in baseball, this is really the only play in baseball where you have a stationary player with, really when it comes right down to it, minimal padding, minimal protection, and a guy coming at him full force, trying to jar the ball loose. He did have a path to the plate and I believe that the way Buster has been taught, he has been taught to provide, to not block the plate completely. "

"Nobody is suggesting we have a quote" Buster Posey Rule" and I don't want to get that sanctimonious about it, but I do believe that you could one day have -- thank God this isn't the case with Buster -- somebody could break a neck in this situation. Boch and I were walking in today, and we looked at each other and Boch who has been there, was a catcher and who has absorbed collisions, said it could be a lot worse."

"It made me angry because it's a big injury to a key player of ours. I think we have to come back to say it was not an illegal play. There are a lot of players, perhaps starting players, who would not have taken that approach because it's a risk to the player that's on the basepaths, the player that's running into the catcher as well. There's way to get a piece of the plate and take the lane. But there are a lot of factors here. Now everybody knows now about Nate Schierholtz, who has a tremendous arm. He's been gunning runners down at home plate and third base. So that I'm sure was a factor. He knew the ball was going to be there."

NBA Gameday: Warriors must summon intensity for early start vs Magic

NBA Gameday: Warriors must summon intensity for early start vs Magic

Having destroyed three highly regarded opponents in their toughest week of the season, the Warriors on Sunday face an altogether different kind of challenge.

This time, it’s simply waking up.

The Warriors will pursue their seventh consecutive win, facing the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 a.m Pacific., the earliest game of the season for the Warriors.

The last time the Warriors (37-6) played such an early game in the Eastern Time Zone was March 26, 1995, also in Orlando.

The Magic (18-27) will want to be on alert for Warriors star Stephen Curry, who torched Orlando for 51 points last Feb. 25, his last visit to Amway Center.

Warriors by 12.5

Kevin Durant vs. Aaron Gordon: It’s the most efficient high-producer on offense (Durant) vs. one of the top five athletes in the league (Gordon). Durant is taking apart all defenders, and Gordon isn’t known for his D. No, the South Bay native is most known for his ability to fly. Durant’s task will be to minimize lob attempts while keeping him off the offensive glass for easy put backs.

Warriors: F/C David West (L thumb fracture) is listed as out.

Magic: G Evan Fournier (R foot soreness) is listed as questionable. G Jodie Meeks (R thumb sprain) and G C. J. Wilcox (L Achilles tendinitis) are listed as out.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 9-1. Magic: 3-7.

The Warriors have swept the Magic in each of the past three seasons, compiling a six-game win streak during which they’ve won by an average of 10.8 points per game.

EARLY FOCUS: After such astonishing success in a grueling week, with three emotional games, the Warriors may be susceptible to a letdown against inferior competition. Will they be able to summon the intensity from the start?

THE BIG MEN: Zaza Pachulia will have his hands full with Nikola Vucevic, the USC product who is one of the league’s more skilled scorers in the paint. Vucevic is not much of a defender, though, so Pachulia may find a few opportunities via the back cut or the pick-and-roll.

INSIDE D: If ever there were an offensive team begging to be defended by a zone, it is the Magic, who are 25th in field-goal percentage and, even worse, 28th in 3-point shooting percentage. The Warriors should be in good shape if they limit penetration.

Rahon's season-high paces Saint Mary's rout of Pepperdine


Rahon's season-high paces Saint Mary's rout of Pepperdine


MORAGA -- Saint Mary's guard Joe Rahon shook his head in disbelief and shrugged his shoulders while running back on defense after getting blocked by Pepperdine's Chris Reyes midway through the second half.

It was one of the few things that didn't go Rahon's way in the Gaels' second straight blowout win.

Rahon scored 17 of his season-high 22 points in the first half and No. 23 Saint Mary's beat Pepperdine 85-65 on Saturday night.

"Our team's all about the open guy takes the shot and tonight I was able to get in the lane and make a few layups to get a rhythm going," Rahon said after shooting 9 of 13 with three 3-pointers. "That's kind of what makes us good offensively. We're unselfish and we don't really care who gets all the credit."

Rahon had plenty of support while helping Gaels coach Randy Bennett to his 350th career win.

Calvin Hermanson added 19 points and Jock Landale had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Gaels (17-2, 7-1 West Coast Conference) led by double figures nearly the entire second half.

It was also a nice bounceback for Saint Mary's, which lost to Pepperdine twice during the regular season in 2016 before knocking the Waves out of the postseason conference tournament.

"Our guys definitely knew that," Bennett said. "We respected them because they'd gotten us three times in the last three years. Not many teams have. They have."

It wasn't as close this time around despite another big night from Pepperdine's Lamond Murray Jr., who scored 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting. It's the fifth consecutive game in which Murray has had at least 23.

The Waves (5-15, 1-7) couldn't keep pace with the Gaels' big three of Rahon, Hermanson and Landale. The trio accounted for 66 percent of Saint Mary's points and teamed for 18 rebounds and 11 assists.

After Pepperdine pulled within 72-63 on Murray's basket with 4:48 remaining, Rahon made one of two free throws, Emmet Naar had a 3-pointer and Rahon scored on a driving layup to help the Gaels to the win before a packed house at McKeon Pavilion.

"That's where playing together all last year helps," Rahon said. "You've been in the situation so many times that you look around and no one's rattled, no one's losing their confidence. We just have a lot of composed guys on our team."

Rahon, whose previous season high was 14 points, made seven of his first nine shots to eclipse that mark before halftime. Hermanson added 15 points, including an emphatic dunk on a baseline drive while Landale scored 11 points to give Saint Mary's a 47-33 lead.

Bennett has never coached Murray, only against him, but the Gaels coach sounded like a proud father after watching the Waves' leading scorer repeatedly torch his team's defense. "He's a really good player now," Bennett said. "He's as good a scorer as there is in our league. I think he's the best scorer in the league. It's just fun to see guys improve like that. He's made a big jump."

Pepperdine: The Waves have lost five straight and 14 of 15. ... Nolan Taylor's 3-pointer in the first half was the first of the season for the 6-foot-7, 250-pound freshman forward. ... Two days after becoming the school's career assists leader, Major was held without one for the first 14 1/2 minutes against Saint Mary's.

Saint Mary's: The Gaels responded to last week's loss to No. 4 Gonzaga with a pair of blowout wins at home, exactly the way Bennett expected. They have one more home game before playing four straight on the road. ... The 85 points are the Gaels' second-most this season.

Saint Mary's is likely to move up a few spots after three of the eight teams in front of the Gaels lost at least once this week.

Pepperdine: Returns home to host Portland on Thursday night.

Saint Mary's: Closes out its three-game homestand against San Francisco on Jan. 26. The Gaels won the first matchup between the two teams earlier this season 63-52 at Memorial Gym.