On Tuesday night former Stanford and Castro Valley HS star Jason Castro of the Astros was run over at home plate by Mat Gamel of the Brewers, in a collision that was similar to the Posey/Cousins collision. Castro held onto the ball, Gamel was out and that was it, save for the headache Castro no doubt received (hopefully not a concussion). There was some analysis of the play on MLB Network and their point was the same point I will make here and the same point I made when Posey was run over last year.
Jason Castro plays for the Astros so little attention was paid to the play. Jason Castro is not a star or a reigning Rookie of the Year of the defending World Series champs, so little attention was paid to the play. The point many impartial observers made last year when Posey got hurt was that if he was a back-up catcher or just an average MLB player playing for an average or bad team, there would have been little to no attention paid to the collision and subsequent injury. That point has just been proved 100% accurate.
Is the person and well-being of Jason Castro is any less important than the person and well-being of Gerald Posey?
Castro was in a similarly bad position as Posey was at the plate, with both of his knees on the ground. Gamel came at him just as hard as Cousins came at Posey, leading with his shoulder. Fortunately for Castro one of his feet didn't get caught underneath him as Posey's did and he was able to get unhinged from the ground, which saved his knees and ankles from injury. If you pause the video you can see that Castro's left foot was very close to getting caught underneath him, like Posey's did, and he was periously close to a season ending injury.
Castro did have the ball and was turning to face the runner, who had already launched at Castro, when he got hit. He actually wasn't blocking the plate when he took the hit, he was behind the plate, leaving the plate exposed had Gamel wanted to slide (go ahead, watch that video and pause it just before Castro gets his). Posey didn't yet have the ball, he was about to receive the ball and was a bit in front of the plate toward the infield when he got hit. It wasn't a game winning run that Gamel was trying to score. Yes, there are some differences but in terms of the severity of the hit and the way the runner went at the catcher, the plays were nearly identical. To disagree would not be an objective point of view.
It was terribly unfortunate that Posey got hurt, I wouldn't wish that on any person and I'm glad that it looks like he is back to form.
Oh, one other difference, the Astros' GM didn't go on the radio to make a pariah of Mat Gamel.