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Beane does not want Suzuki blocking plate

Beane does not want Suzuki blocking plate

Beane does not want Suzuki blocking plate
OAKLAND -- A's general manager Billy Beane is making sure catcher Kurt Suzuki is never placed in a position that could result in a similar fate that the Giants' Buster Posey suffered.

Beane, Suzuki said, has relayed orders to his backstop not to block the plate when there's a chance of a big collision. The decision comes less than a week after Posey endured a season-ending ankle injury following a crushing hit at the plate from the Marlins' Scott Cousins.

"Don't put yourself in a vulnerable position, basically," Suzuki explained. "He said keep doing what I'm doing, but obviously, don't stand in front of the plate. I'm not a guy that does anyway. We talked about how I'm not the biggest guy."

Suzuki is listed as 5-foot-11 at just 196 pounds -- reason enough to stay out of harm's way. But according to ESPN.com, Beane represents the first executive to give such orders.

"He said, 'Hey, what happened to Posey was awful, kind of a freak accident, but basically I don't want that to happen to you. I don't want you to have surgery and to be out the rest of the year,'" Suzuki said. "He was just reiterating that."

Since Posey's incident, much has been made of whether Major League Baseball should consider new rules to better protect catchers from such collisions at the plate. Don't count Suzuki among those supporters, though.

"As a catcher, you have to be ready for plays like that," he said. "It's part of the game and part of playing the game hard. I personally don't think they should change the rules, because I think it would make it too tough.

"The game's been played this way for a number of years, and when you're catching you know you're putting the gear on and there's a possibility of getting run over. That's the chance you take."

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