Posey chats with kindred spirit Fosse

Posey chats with kindred spirit Fosse

Posey chats with kindred spirit Fosse
OAKLAND -- The catchers on the receiving end of two of the most controversial home-plate collisions finally got the chance to meet Saturday.

Ray Fosse and Buster Posey shook hands and shared small talk in the Giants' clubhouse a few hours before Saturday's game between the Giants and the A's.

Fosse, who was the catcher Pete Rose bowled over in the 1970 All-Star Game, is now a color commentator for the A's television broadcasts, and despite their close proximity, the two hadn't met until Saturday.

"I was just waiting for the opportunity," Fosse said. "This was the perfect [chance]. I'm glad I could do it."

The then-23-year-old Fosse separated his shoulder as a result of his collision with Rose in the All-Star Game, and he said after Posey's May 2011 collision with Florida Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins that the hit was avoidable.

"I know I was very vocal about what happened last year, and I still stand by what I say," Fosse said. "It was an unnecessary hit."

Posey sustained season-ending injuries as a result of the play, while Fosse was able to return for 42 games in the second half of the 1970 season. Despite the injuries, Fosse has said that he doesn't feel that there should be rule changes to protect catchers, though he cautioned that baserunners will need to use their judgment to avoid injury-causing collisions.

"I think the biggest thing for the catcher is that if he has the ball, he can hurt somebody," Fosse said. "I fear someday that somebody will try to slide headfirst, and if the catcher is set -- and the catchers legs are strong and usually a pretty good size -- and if somebody hits them and they're standing, it's like a brick wall. I just don't want to see anybody sliding headfirst, at any bases, but especially at home."