Golden Baseball Magazine
Even the Greats Have Bad Days

This feature discusses a game or series in which an outstanding player did not perform well.

Buster Posey
"With his third World Series championship in five seasons and a 2012 National League Most Valuable Player Award accompanied by a batting title, the Giants' Buster Posey is charting a compelling course to join an exclusive club of legendary catchers in the Hall of Fame."
  • Those lines were written by Lyle Spencer of in January 2015.
  • Yet Spencer ignored Posey's subpar performance in the 2014 World Series just a few months earlier.
Here's Buster's stat line for the seven-game 2014 Fall Classic against the Kansas City Royals:

26 AB, 4 H, 1 R, 0 extra base hits, 2 RBI, 3 BB, .154 BA, .241 OBP, .154 SLG

Those aren't even close to Yogi Berra or Johnny Bench type numbers.
Buster did better in his two earlier World Series.
  • 2010 five-game World Series victory over
    20 AB, 6 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 B, .300 BA, .333 OBP, .450 SLG

  • 2012
    15 AB, 4 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, .267 BA, .313 OBP, .467 SLG

Here's the game-by-game breakdown of Buster's performance in the 2014 World Series.

  • Game One
    Singled in the 1st inning, sending Gregor Blanco to 3rd. Scored on Pablo Sandival's HR as the Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead on their way to a 7-1 victory. It was Posey's only hit in five ABs.

  • Game Two
    Went 1-for-4 with a single to open the top of the 6th as the Royals evened the series with a 7-2 romp.

  • Game Three
    0-for-4 but did drive in a run with a groundout in the 6th inning. Flew out leading off the bottom of the 9th in KC's 3-2 triumph.

  • Game Four
    Contributed a single, two walks, a run scored, and an RBI in the Giants' 11-4 rampage to even the Series.

  • Game Five
    Obviously called an excellent game as Madison Bumgarner shut out the Royals on four hits. Had a single and a walk but no runs or RBIs.

  • Game Six
    Joined the rest of the Giants in a night of futility as the Royals, back home, romped 10-0. Went 0-for-3 and grounded into a double play.

  • Game Seven
    Guided starter Tim Hudson and relievers Jeremy Affeldt and Bumgarner to a nail-biting 3-2 victory to take the Series. But went 0-for-4 at the plate with two Ks.

Posey may well end up in the Hall of Fame. But, as is the point of these articles, he was less than stellar in the 2014 World Series. Fortunately, his team won the crown anyway.


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Greats Bad Days Archive - I
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Jack Chesbro 1904
Gil Hodges 1952
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Ty Cobb 1912
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Willie Mays 1964

Greats Bad Days Archive - II
Stan Musial and Ted Williams 1946
Duke Snider 1949
Walter Johnson 1924
Carl Hubbell 1937
Jim Bottomley 1930
Andy Petitte 2001
Early Wynn 1959

Greats Bad Days Archive - III
Joe DiMaggio - 1936 All Star Game


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