May 12, 2008
Tallahassee -- When he played at Lee County High School, the one dilemma for college and pro baseball scouts was where to play Buster Posey.
Florida State coach Mike Martin moved Posey from shortstop to catcher last season, but with the major league baseball draft just over three weeks away, the coach decided to let everyone see just how versatile and talented his all-American catcher can be.
A Monday afternoon match-up with Savannah State is not exactly a big draw with Florida State baseball fans, but those in attendance had a chance to see a little history, as Leesburg-native Buster Posey attempted to play all nine positions on the field.
Posey said, "They came up to me last week when we were at Clemson and said I was going to play all nine Monday, and I said, 'Sounds good.'"
The junior started his odyssey behind the plate in the top of the first inning, before moving over to first base in the 2nd, and says he was a little nervous.
"First base is just a little different from middle infield or third," says Posey.
Buster Posey's defensive skills were on display Monday, playing all nine positions for Florida State, but the former Lee County stand-out also showed why he's one of the most feared offensive players in the country, crushing a grand slam in the bottom of the 2nd to put FSU up 6-0.
It's his team leading 16th home run of the season, and the junior is batting .469 on the year.
Inning-by-inning, he'd move to second base, then shortstop, and third.
The plan would need to be tweaked in the 6th inning.
With FSU already up 8-0, the Mercy Rule could end the game early.
Posey played leftfield and centerfield in the 6th, came on to pitch in the 7th, striking out both batters he faced, before moving to right to finish the day.
"It was a lot of fun," says Posey, "and I'm kinda glad it's over with too."
Florida State won 10-0 in seven innings, and Buster Posey is the first Seminole to play all nine positions in 14 years.
Current FSU assistant coach Mike Martin Jr. accomplished the feat for his father and the Seminoles in 1994.